Ian Chamberlain Artist


The Mirror  prints  are based on the Sound mirrors on the south Kent Coast.The acoustic mirrors were built as early warning devices around the coasts of Great Britain, with the aim of detecting incoming enemy aircraft by the sound of their engines.

The mirrors though had a limited effectiveness, and the increasing speed of aircraft in the 1930s meant that they would already be too close to deal with by the time they had been detected. The development of radar put an end to further experimentation with the technique.

The idea of recording this defunct out of date technology relates with my current interests and proved to be a tough technical exercise capturing the form and surface quality of the dishes. The access to the site is very limited generally on a yearly open day and part of the enjoyment in creating the work is the planning of travel and how I am going to record the structures. The initial day visit will then lead on to months of work building up layers of information gradually piecing together tonal and surface qualities incorporating the etching and intaglio processes.