The Scottish Gallery welcomes back Nancy Sutcliffe for her second solo exhibition. DNA is a personal exploration of the common genetic heritage of living things and our origin in the stars. Nancy's wheel and drill engraved glass pieces are highly detailed and are gilded with 24ct gold, caplain gold and palladium leaf.

"I became a glass engraver after a career as a scientific and medical illustrator. I find I have come full circle and my subject matter today is informed by that training in precision and attention to naturalistic detail. I use a handheld drill in much the same way as I used to use a pencil though now, using diamonds and stones, I am able to carve deeply into the crystal bringing the illusion of 3D.

For this new collection, I have taken inspiration from the beauty and complexity of gene sequencing charts, the cosmos, and the species of plants and animals that share our world. The pieces here trace the connections between organisms through our shared DNA; the focus is on the similarities between a seemingly diverse collection of cells, plants and animals, all constructed from the same chemical building blocks, all related."

  • Origin View details
    Origin
    Nancy Sutcliffe

    Origin

    2020
    assembly of four optical crystal blocks; diamond wheel engraving, 24ct gold leaf, wooden plinth
    H:10cm W:20cm D:20cm
    £3,300
    Photograph: Jay Watson
  • Gene Pool View details
    Gene Pool
    Nancy Sutcliffe

    Gene Pool

    2020
    optical crystal block; diamond wheel engraving; 24ct gold leaf; wooden plinth
    H:12cm W:12cm D:12cm
    £1,500
  • Building Blocks View details
    Building Blocks
    Nancy Sutcliffe

    Building Blocks

    2020
    assembly of four optical crystal blocks; diamond wheel and stone engraving; 24ct gold leaf; wooden plinth
    H:6cm W:12cm D:12cm
    £1,500
    Photograph: Jay Watson
  • Amphibians View details
    Amphibians
    Nancy Sutcliffe

    Amphibians

    2020
    optical crystal block; diamond wheel and stone engraving; 24ct gold leaf; wooden plinth
    H:12cm W:12cm D:12cm
    Sold
    Photograph: Jay Watson
  • Seeds View details
    Seeds
    Nancy Sutcliffe

    Seeds

    2020
    optical crystal block and gilded cloche; diamond wheel and stone engraving; palladium and caplain gold leaf; wooden base
    H:25cm W:11cm D:8cm
    £2,150
  • Blossom View details
    Blossom
    Nancy Sutcliffe

    Blossom

    2020
    optical crystal block; diamond wheel and stone engraving; 24ct gold and caplain gold leaf; wooden plinth
    H:12cm W:12cm D:12cm
    £1,500
    Photograph: Jay Watson
  • One
    Nancy Sutcliffe

    One

    2020
    optical crystal block and gilded cloche; diamond wheel and stone engraving; 24ct gold leaf; wooden base
    H:21cm W:17cm D:7cm
    £2,150
    Photograph: Jay Watson
  • Barcode View details
    Barcode
    Nancy Sutcliffe

    Barcode

    2020
    glass panel; water-gilded 24ct gold and palladium leaf; wooden feet (freestanding)
    H:35cm W:28cm
    £2,150
    Photograph: Jay Watson
  • Two
    Nancy Sutcliffe

    Two

    2014
    glass panel; diamond wheel and stone engraving; 24ct gold and palladium leaf; wooden feet (freestanding)
    H:35cm W:28cm
    £2,500
    Photograph: Jay Watson

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