Helen Maria Nugent
Aurora Wallpaper
Hand-etched dichroic glass
22 x 5 each shelf, 8.5" spacing between, 2002

Helen Maria Nugent hand-etches coated glass plates carefully installed to exploit their reflective and transmissive qualities. The clean, almost clinical look of these shelf installations recall the coldness of Minimalist sculpture even as they mock it with lush washes of colorful decorative pattern. The artist teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.