We asked three of the world’s leading artists working with
daylight, glass and colour – Alexander Beleschenko,
Brian Clarke and Peter Erskine – the same six questions to
determine their very different approaches and artistic visions.
Their answers and their work on the following pages reveal how
these three elemental ingredients are transformed in their hands
l What do you think is the role of daylight
in architecture? What is the effect of
manipulating that daylight?
l Daylight as an artistic medium is variable
even in a single location, depending on
time of day or year, and weather. How do
you find working with a raw material that
is beyond your control?
l Do you consider that you work with
light, or with glass?
l The coloured filtering of daylight
using stained glass is a tradition rooted
firmly in ecclesiastical architecture and in
figurative, representational art. Is there any
continuity with the often abstract daylight
art of today’s secular world?
l What are the qualities of light that make
it a compelling medium to work with?
l Most light art uses electric light in some
form. Do you consider yourself a light
artist, and your work with daylight to be
light art? Peter Erskine