Richard Whiteley’s work explores the dialogue between the translucency and transparency of light in cast and carved glass. His work is held in several major collections, including the Australian National Gallery, the Corning Museum of Glass, New York and the Palm Springs Museum, California. Whiteley is the head of the Glass Workshop at the School of Art, Australian National University in Canberra.
The material qualities of transparency, translucency, and refraction create a ground for exploration through kiln cast glass. My work is underpinned by an interest in manipulating and understanding those properties of glass associated with light transmission. Equally, my work explores notions of space and the duality of forms in glass where interior and exterior or positive and negative create a tension and inversion of real or perceived space.
Colour and form are powerful elements in the medium of glass. Light through this material reveals the potential within and translucent glass objects create a sense of mystery through their different dialogue with light: they collect and transmit light, seeming to be sources of light themselves.