Alabaster

Ordovas

Alabaster is a fascinating material. Its translucent appearance looks almost buttery – but it’s brittle and delicate at the same time. This exhibition explores how artists have created with this translucent and transformative stone, from ancient Egypt to the 20th century and contemporary sculpture. Just as light moves within and bounces off alabaster, and ultimately becomes part of the material itself, so too does the choice of materials and papers in the book. The lettering on the cover looks like an emboss but when held into the light, it becomes semi-transparent. An invitation is printed on a transparent paper which, when held, is deceivingly stronger than one would imagine – just like the alabaster itself. Materials become part of the reading experience.