Liz West is a multidisciplinary artist that frequently utilizes large scale light installations to toy with viewers’ senses in order to explore physical and mental responses to color.
Until November 2015, West’s newest installation, An Additive Mix, will be on display at the National Media Museum in celebration of the UNESCO International Year of Light. The installation is part of a larger exhibit, Light Fantastic: Adventures in the Science of Light, which includes a variety of light experiments and installations from the Museum’s National Collections of Photography, Cinematography and Television.
West’s An Additive Mix is comprised of 250 fluorescent tubes of 191 different colorful hues, which are then surrounded by infinity mirrors for a beautifully disorienting effect. The installation displays the natural scientific principle that white light is actually composed of colors from all over the spectrum, also known as additive colors.
“Artworks I remember seeing as a child are the ones in which I was completely immersed, and that’s what I hope An Additive Mix will achieve: taking people out of the ordinary into the extraordinary, and staying in their memories for a long time,” Said West.
Upon walking into the exhibit, viewers are bathed in color as they gaze at their reflection repeated throughout infinity, and marvel at the real life demonstration of one of nature’s most curious secrets.