“Nature through Glass”, at Tansey Contemporary June 24 through July 25 in Santa Fe, NM, presents recent work by five internationally recognized glass artists from the gallery’s roster, all based in Australia. The exhibition demonstrates the diversity of expression within this common source of inspiration. Each artist employs very different techniques and is inspired by nature in very different ways, to create diverse and beautifully crafted works of art.
Giles Bettison’s murrini vessels from his “billet” series explore urban landscape and the rhythms and textures that arise from cityscapes. His “Vista” series brings the scope of that inspiration to a broader and higher perspective, using maps and aerial landscape photographs as a source for patterns and compositions.
Emma Varga’s source of inspiration for recent series of layered and fused glass works couldn’t be further away from the cityscape. Her recent trip to Antarctica incited a shift in her work and perspective towards the beauty and fragility of our oceans and a drive to bring awareness to the impact of global warming. Varga’s recent works preserve and communicate the simultaneous beauty and fragility of coral reefs and artic ice.
Clare Belfrage’s detailed and complex glass drawing on blown glass forms expresses the dramatic and delicate rhythm and energy of nature, often incorporating deep greens, blues, cream and red hues that render images of natural earth tones.
Noel Hart’s wildly colorful blown glass vessels are inspired by endangered species of birds in the Australian rain forests. Preservation of biodiversity is a key theme in Hart’s work, and each piece captures the essence of a beautiful creature’s energy, color and pattern.
Lisa Cahill’s kiln formed glass works create dreamlike images, allowing viewers to draw associations with their own remembered landscapes, based on her own interpretation of light and landscape and offer a place for quiet contemplation.
Please join us for the opening of the show on June 24th from 5-7pm.