Kaleidoscope Awards Artist
for World Arts Film Festival
I think the way this artists uses kaleidoscopes to distort images is really interesting, I think that this is beautiful. Some of these pieces look a little like distant galaxies or electron microscope images of viruses, and their repeating patterns and delicate colours are really appealing. I like all the different ways in which these images could be interpreted, and that they probably remind each individual of something different. After looking at this artist's work, I think that I am going to research into how to make my own kaleidoscope, and investigate distorting images beyond all recognition. I also like the idea of using kaleidoscopes because they are a really immersive environment, when you're looking through one you can't see anything else. This is something that many children with autism seek, often through physically spinning around. Here, you spin the end of a kaleidoscope to change the image and create new effects, and I really like this link.
Riley was born at Norwood, London, the daughter of a businessman. Her childhood was spent in Cornwall and Lincolnshire. She studied at Goldsmiths' College from 1949 to 1952, and at the Royal College of Art from 1952 to 1955. She began painting figure subjects in a semi-impressionist manner, then changed to pointillism around 1958, mainly producing landscapes. In 1960 she evolved a style in which she explored the dynamic potentialities of optical phenomena. These so-called 'Op-art' pieces, such as Fall, 1963 (Tate Gallery T00616), produce a disorienting physical effect on the eye.