Life and Death
Dr. Stefan Trümpler. Main essay in French, German and English, with additional texts in German and French. Published by Editions Benteli, Sulgen, as catalogue for the 2010 exhibition Life and Death at Vitromusée Romont, the Swiss National Museum of Stained Glass.
"This book accompanied the exhibition of the same name at the Vitromusée, Romont. It consists of illustrations and descriptions of the glass and paintings displayed in the exhibition, together with an essay by Stefan Trümpler exploring Brian Clarke’s work. Among the themes he discusses are Clarke’s production of panels in the context of the museum’s famous collection of single panels from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries; Clarke’s handling of materials, especially lead; and some of the ways that Clarke uses modern technology to create images that are not only stunning in themselves, but which also incorporate ideas about mortality and life. A bibliography adds to the pleasures of this publication." – Vidimus
"The death of his mother plunged Clarke into a deep reflection on the transience of life and the nature of memory. From this arose a series of works that are without comparison in contemporary stained glass: Clarke completely upturns the usual values of glass to lead, and reverses the importance of these materials, and of their relative lightness to darkness. However, in contrast to these memento mori, colourful symbols of life are also present in this exhibition – especially the fleurs de lys of the great Glass Wall. This motif, taken from the windows of the Sainte Chapelle in Paris, exemplifies the continual existence of the past in the present." – Vitromusée