Local nursing home inspires UCLan artist

20 June 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

Rachel creates thought provoking work for degree

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) student has taken inspiration from working in her local nursing home to produce an impressive art installation for her final degree project.

Rachel Thornton, a 22-year-old Fine Art student, has created a piece of art made from casts of old mirror frames printed onto wax.

The installation, which hangs from the ceiling at over six foot, has over 30 prints and was made using latex to take a cast of the frames before being transferred onto the wax material.

The art work looks at memories and how they can become distorted over time. Rachel has worked at Ingleborough Nursing Home in Ingleton alongside her studies and the artist said she was inspired by her patients.

“I noticed how dementia patients often seem to be stuck in a moment in time and memories can become fractured and fade. The reason I’ve used frames in my work is to reflect the idea of framing a photograph to preserve a moment in time.”

rachel thornton

Rachel used 15 mirror frames for her installation that she bought from junk shops and vintage fairs and spent six months on the project.

Her work is on display at UCLan as part of the University’s Creative Focus Festival which showcases final year degree work of students from architecture, design, fashion, fine art, media practice and performance courses.

“The stream of creative talent flowing from our University is truly astounding."

UCLan Vice-Chancellor Malcolm McVicar said: “The stream of creative talent flowing from our University is truly astounding and I’m delighted that we celebrate, highlight and share this work with the local community at the public view of our annual degree show.”