The monochromatic Marble Dunes is the exploration of the organic aesthetic of layers, contrasted with an entirely flat surfaced, sharp edged, cubic form, inspired by linear repeating patterns present in the natural world and how they can be altered and abstracted when perceived from an aerial perspective. Rebecca Rowland Chandler translates these landscape markings into designs which is then incorporated into layers, continuing to explore contrast between dense pattern, sparse designs, solid colour, transparency, and opacity.
Rebecca Rowland-Chandler creates objects of beauty that allude to the natural world, researching structural and decorative elements that combine the organic with the geometric. Originally inspired by patterns in the sedimentary rocks of Hunstanton Cliffs in Norfolk, she has developed a layered design which she translates into all landscapes she responds to. She focuses on the formation of linear repeating patterns present in the natural world and how they can be distorted and abstracted when perceived from aerial perspectives. She is also drawn to patterns in micro environments, the crevices and contours of rock and bark, comparing and distorting their similarities to the macro. She translates these markings into designs to incorporate into layers, continuing to explore contrast between density and sparseness, simplicity of form, with complexity of interior.
Rebecca is driven by aesthetics and was drawn to glass initially because of its beautiful materiality, its transparency, fluidity, and light reflective qualities, being one of the few materials enabling experimentation with depth. Her objects are formed by casting layers of glass together in moulds, meticulously arranging frits to build up shade, colour, and tone, like a painter forming a painting, and experimenting with platinum leaf. Kiln firing takes four days to two weeks, and six stages of grinding and polishing are required to achieve high levels of clarity.