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Elizabeth Kelly

Elizabeth Kelly
Artist's statement

Elizabeth Kelly is currently engaged with the architectural and engineering potential of glass, and the built environment is a major theme in her practice. She is interested in how systems and patterns function in construction engineering and have adapted industrial production methods to small-scale studio practice, experimenting with techniques of multiple casting of glass components to make large-scale sculptural forms. She is also interested in exploiting the properties of natural light within these glass structures and colour is a very considered element in the work.

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Recent work
A Colour Field
  • A Colour Field, 2010
  • drop cast 90% recycled glass
  • Dimensions: installation, dimensions variable
  • Photo: Courtesy of the artist
Red/Green Corrugated Mash-up
  • Red/Green Corrugated Mash-up, 2010
  • drop cast 50% recycled glass
  • Dimensions: 140cm x 30cm x 10cm
  • Photo: Courtesy of the artist
Red/White Colour By Numbers
  • Red/White Colour By Numbers, 2010
  • drop cast 100% recycled glass
  • Dimensions: 120cm x 25cm x 25cm
  • Photo: Courtesy of the artist
Rose/Green Sequentia
  • Rose/Green Sequentia, 2010
  • drop cast 100% recycled glass
  • Dimensions: 78cm x 18cm x 18cm
  • Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Colour by Numbers and Terrific
  • Colour by Numbers and Terrific, 2009
  • drop cast glass and pressed glass
  • Dimensions: 275cm and 250cm high (respectively)
  • Photo: Rob Little
Remanoir III
  • Remanoir III, 2007
  • glass and fixings
  • Dimensions: dia 270mm x H 270mm
  • Photo: Tim Foster

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Biography

As a young adult Elizabeth Kelly spent four years travelling extensively through Europe and Asia before commencing a two-year full time factory traineeship in glass blowing in 1985 at the JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design Centre in Adelaide. Post training, she undertook studies at the Adelaide Centre for the ARTS, transferring to the Australian National University School of Art to complete a degree in Visual Art.

After her undergraduate degree, Kelly taught at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney and was a research assistant in coloured glass before undertaking a Masters degree in Visual Art with an Australian Post Graduate Award for research into chemistry of coloured glass, and with direct application in the field of sculpture in 1995.

Directly upon completion of her Masters degree in 1997, Kelly commenced a three-year contract as Head of Glass Workshop at the JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design Centre in Adelaide. During this period she travelled to Europe for an exhibition in Venice and to demonstrate as a master glassblower in Leerdam, Holland.

In 2000 Kelly travelled extensively through North America, Canada and Japan for further professional development. This included working in several private studios for short stints and also completing a fellowship at the Wheaton Village Creative Glass Centre of America.

In 2003 she initiated Studio Tangerine in Canberra, a purpose built self funded glass design and sculpture studio where she continues to work. In 2008 Kelly was invited as an Artist in Residence at the Seto City International Ceramic and Glass Centre in Japan.

Selected exhibitions
2010:   Made in Japan, Crucible Showcase, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2010:   Elizabeth Kelly: Tangerine Gold, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery - Wagga Wagga, NSW
2009:   Put one and two together, Canberra Museum and Gallery - Canberra
2009:   Construct, Australian National Capital Artists Gallery - Canberra
2008:   Masterworks in Glass, Narek Galleries - Tanja, NSW
2008:   Sequence, M16 Gallery - Canberra
2008:   Artists in Residence Exhibition, Seto City Art Museum - Japan,
2008:   Gather, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2008:   Travelling South, M16 Gallery - Canberra
2008:   Fink: fostering Design, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2007:   Heartland, Imagination Creation Inspiration, Canberra Glassworks - Canberra
2007:   Scintilla, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2006:   City of Glass, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2005:   Southern Lights, Light Square Gallery - Adelaide
2005:   Sweet cheeks, Lion Arts Centre - Adelaide
2005:   Effen Glass, Australian National Capital Artists Gallery - Canberra
2005:   25 Year Glass Retrospective, Australian National University School of Art - Canberra
2004:   Geometry Rythym Light, Object Gallery, Sydney; Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, Canberra,
2004:   Canberra Glass, Beaver Galleries - Canberra
2004:   Box, Australian National Capital Artists Gallery - Canberra
2003:   20/20 Vision, Museum of American Glass - Wheaton Village, New Jersey, USA
2003:   Hobart Art Prize, Hobart City Council Chambers - Hobart
2003:   Exhibition Home, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2002:   Glass Memories, Chappell Gallery - New York,
2002:   Future Factor, Travelling Exhibition: Artisan, Brisbane; Object Gallery, Sydney,
2002:   Less is More, Less is a Bore, Brisbane City Gallery - Brisbane
2002:   Dialogue - Stephen Proctor and Friends, Quadrivium - Sydney
2002:   Cowra Art Prize, Cowra Regional Art Gallery - Cowra, NSW
2001:   Points of Saturation, JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design - Adelaide
Selected commissions/awards/grants
2010:   Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship
2009:   Capital Arts Patrons Organisation Fellowship
2008:   Seto City Artist in Residence, Seto Japan
2006:   Australia Council Mentorship Grant, administered by Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
2005:   Project Funding artsACT
2004:   Australia Council Craft-In-Site grant, administered by Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
2002:   Creative Glass Center of America Fellowship, Wheaton Village, New Jersey, USA
2001:   New Work Grant, Visual Arts Board Australia Council

 

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