Holly Grace, Ramshead Range, 2018, blown glass with glass powder & metal leaf surfaces, sand blasted landscape imagery - 3 cylinder set, H 67 x W 50 x D 15cm
I grew up in Perth, Australia a city of extreme isolation where nature is a beautiful, yet harsh reality. It was there in my early formative years I developed a profound appreciation and love for the natural environment.
As part of my education as a glassmaker and as an artist, I travelled many times to Scandinavia. These trips have been instrumental in my development of my understanding of glass as a material and in forming my aesthetic as an artist. It was in Denmark and in Sweden that I began to look and observe the landscape drawn to the soft transitions in colour that were so different from the intense bright light that is Western Australia. It was also during this time that I first began to use the camera, first as a means of documenting the landscape and then later becoming part of the artwork itself.
Having comeback to Australia I have in the past five years began focusing my attention on the Australian Landscape and in particular around the Snowy Mountains. It is there in and around places like Thredbo, Perisher and Falls Creek I have begun my journey anew. These 5 artworks are personal photographic documentations of walks taken the past year at different times of day and in different seasons. By using glass I hope to take the viewer with me on my journey and to appreciate these unique and beautiful landscapes that are Australia.
Holly Grace, 2013