Hanah Gason, Galia Amsel, I stopped to catch my breath I, 2019, kiln formed glass wall panel, H 46 x W 46 x D 1.5cm
Known for her dramatic cast-glass sculptures, British-born Galia Amsel is one of the leading contemporary glass artists presently working in New Zealand. A graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, Amsel relocated to New Zealand in 2003. She is recognised for her highly developed understanding of glass, with a visual language uniquely her own.
Amsel’s sculpture revolves around the central paradox of glass as both a fluid and a solid medium. Through shape, translucence, texture and colour, she conveys her preoccupation with movement, tension and balance. Her resulting works manage both drama and subtlety, conveying an overwhelming sense of an artist deeply engaged with her medium.