FUSING FINE ART WITH DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES
Article by Lorna Carmen McNeill:
“Mesmerisingly beautiful. When I feel I need uplifting I put on my headphones and watch the 2 minute video I made of your work and feel energised! It’s amazing!” Shirley-Ann Dixon, Artist, London
MovingLightArt.com is a breakthrough collaboration between artist Lorna Carmen McNeill and Creative Lighting and Structural designer, Geoff Blindt. It is an innovative fusion of sculpture, painting, kinetics, light technology, digital photography and motion projection. With the aim of uplifting mood and inspiring creativity, it seeks to illuminate the invisible, inter-dimensional, inter-connected communication that permeates all things.
The result is an immersive light and colour experience, a moving light show, generating arresting, infinite non-repeating rivers of luminous coloured light, reminiscent of crystallography, earth, sky and seascapes. Recognising light is a fundamental resource to our life on the planet and the importance of clean energies, wherever possible LEDs and recycled materials are incorporated into the installations.
“I am primarily interested in creating art which inspires through a fusion of light, colour and rhythm. My fascination with this realm stems from childhood and a previous career as a health professional. Following two decades of practice and research into mental health issues incorporating psychology, behaviour change approaches and the impact that eating and lifestyle have on health and well-being I am committed on a full-time basis to facilitating calm and uplift through my art practice. My pieces speak of what it is to be human, and express a deeper nature of reality by connecting with life’s rhythmic waves and cycles.
I am intrigued by the properties of light, colour, energy and texture within the natural world. Consider the flow of water and the movements of the sun and the moon as they transform the sky from day to night, and how this reflects the inner journey of being human. The very sense that nothing seems stable all too often results in doubt and uncertainty. I focus on exploring the certain continuum of life and its eternal evolving cycles and invite the viewer to experience a world of connectedness, luminous flow, and calm, comforted by the eternal constancy that transcends all things”.
Lorna Carmen McNeill studied fine art at Camberwell College of Art, and Goldsmiths College of Art but then pursued a vocational scientific training in Nutrition. For over two decades, she worked as a nutritionist in clinical research on lifestyle and behaviour change in a psychology unit at University College London and then as a clinician within the NHS before retraining and graduating from the Art Academy with a first in fine art.
She has successfully obtained Arts Council Funding to fund a residency at Wac Arts to develop and exhibit her own work and to facilitate innovative interactive workshops with the young people there (especially those with a disability many of whom rely heavily on sensory stimulation to enhance their lives) to give them a chance to realise their creativity, develop new skills and most of all have a positive and enjoyable experience in an inspired environment.
She is currently collaborating with the University of Hertfordshire and Projection Artworks, to develop kinetic and interactive elements in the installations, Her works are collected in both public and private collections. They are currently on display at the Art Academy, London, Trinity United Reformed Church, St. Albans, Hospice of St Francis, Berkhamsted and were recently showcased at Nesta’s Futurefest, the Barbican, Womad, Wac Arts, and E-Luminate Festival, Cambridge.
In addition to ongoing development of new bodies of work, she is a tutor at The Art Academy, London, runs art workshops for team building in companies and charities, courses in ‘freeing up’ creativity and offers private art tutoring.