CONTEMPORARY GLASS & BRONZE SCULPTURE Level One Open Galleries
uses imagery derived from intangible elements sourced from poetry, music and
the natural world. Often a word or phrase will inspire a work, the meaning
resonating with her artistic sensibilities. Myth, legend and science form a
foundation in which scenes both real and imagined are accessed from memory to
provide a narrative in which to express herself.
She explores form in two
and three dimension, using the plastic qualities of the material to their best
advantage. The work explores ideas of looking at the deeper realities of
reality, causing us to notice our world in more depth, the works hint at a
spiritual dimension through intense immersion in the material.
recently achieved her Master's degree in Visual Art at the University of South Australia
and is currently completing a research degree at Monash University.
Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout Australia, U.S.A.
Creation of the work
The Bronze and glass
sculptures combine materials to create a deeper understanding of the story
being presented. The works are a result of the complex and time consuming
process of lost wax casting in both Bronze and Glass.
This entails the
original sculpture being initially created in clay, once the shape has achieved
the desired form a plaster mold is taken. From this wax is poured into the mold
to give a reproduction of the initial design,
which is sent to the bronze
casters. Usually the bronze is sent back in several pieces which are needed to
be welded together and aged.
The glass is also
created using a similar process, the three dimensional form is created using
clay, a plaster cast is made of the original shape and wax is poured to create
a negative copy. This is then cast with a special mix of plaster which is fired
in the kiln up to a temperature of over 8oo degrees with glass which has been
painted on several layers to create a colourful and evocative design.
The corresponding works
from two materials are fitted together to create the finished sculpture which
tells a story on multi- dimensional levels.