Inge Panneels

Place of Birth: Belgium

Inge Panneels explores mapping and the notion of place and space using glass as a medium for site specific works. Inge initially trained at Edinburgh College of Art and was Senior Lecturer at the University of Sunderland, teaching both practical skills in glass making and professional practice and theory. An interest in ‘mapping in art’ prompted a theoretical investigation in how artists are charting climate change in the Anthropocene, the subject of PhD research project currently being undertaken at Northumbria University with financial support from the AHRC.

Inge's most recent work Claude Glass is a collaboration with photographer and mountaineer Kevin Greenfield. Kevin was previously an experienced guide in the Snowdon mountains before studying photography and running his own photographic studio. His personal work explores the interactions between the public and the natural landscape they wish to visit; examining the reality of the landscape and our perception of it. Kevin and Inge's collaborative collection - Claude Glass - references the Claude Glass invented by the 17th century painter Claude Lorrain. The black glass (or mirror) was used to frame the landscape and was used extensively by the picturesque landscape painters of the 18th and 19th century. The 18th century English poet William Wordsworth famously walked up Snowdon from Bedgellert. In 2016, the artists retraced his steps where possible, and photographed the landscape at various points framing it through a cast Claude Glass made by Panneels. In 2019, they explored the Ettrick valley in the Scottish Borders to retrace the steps of the ‘Ettrick Sheppard’, the 18th century poet James Hogg, who – like Wordsworth – was inspired by the landscape in which he lived and worked. As such the work and a sense of place are irrevocably intertwined. The dark grey cast glass has a highly polished flat surface, which reflects the surrounding landscape when placed strategically. The reflected image creates a live landscape within a landscape and the accompanying photographs record this temporary and illusory moment of simultaneous vision.

Public collections include: Museum of Liverpool; Ebeltoft Glass Museum, Denmark; Mercator Museum, Belgium; National Glass Centre, Sunderland

Inge Panneel's work will feature in a group exhibition in September 2019 - Convergence.

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