Inge Panneels is a Belgian artist and academic living in the UK, whose works explores notions of space and place, using glass as a medium for making site specific works and using mapping as creative language and often working with a team of collaborators.
Since 2014, Inge has started a part-time AHRC funded PhD at the Northumbria University to investigate this emerging and rich field of mapping in art.
Works are often made in series; exploring a central theme through a body of work that may last a few years; such as the “Creation” pieces which explored universal creation mythology (now in Dexia collection, Brussels, Belgium) or the “Sanctuary” series which explored forms of sanctuary (“Nest”, Ebeltoft Glass Museum, Denmark). Following the Liverpool Map (2011) commission for the Museum of Liverpool (UK), the Map-i project has been emerging.
The “Map-i” project has been developed as long-term investigation of space and place. It engages with mapping in art and the map as metaphor specifically by looking at the notion of space from a human perspective; from the infinitesimally small to the sublime of Space. Map-i is based on the premise of interconnectedness: how the observable universe can be broken down into infinitesimally small particles, applicable at both the micro and the macro level, always of course observed from a human point of view and referenced by the ‘i’ in Map-i.
As part of Map-i, several projects have emerged, “Mercator Revisited” solo exhibition (“Compendium” purchased for Mercator Museum, Belgium, 2013), later exhibited at the British Glass Biennale 2015 and the subsequent Map-i Blue Marble exhibition at the National Glass Centre in 2015, the “Wordsworth and Basho: Walking Poets’” exhibition at the Wordsworth Museum in England in 2014, which was an international collaborative project between UK and Japanese artists, which will tour to Japan in 2016, and “Working Perspectives” at the John Buchan Museum in 2015.