Inspiring Forms In Glass Invitational NZ
Galia Amsel’s West Coast Surf 17 (2008), cast glass, sandblasted, acid etched & polished, size (v x h x d): 540 x 775 x 162 mm
5 November 2008
Inspiring forms in Glass Invitational NZ
Canterbury Museum is once again hosting Glass Invitational NZ, a survey of contemporary New Zealand glass art toured by
Milford House Limited and curated by Stephen Higginson.
Canterbury Museum is the opening venue for the 2008 exhibition, which features the work of thirteen leading glass
artists including Luke Jacomb, Galia Amsel, Ruth Allen, Evelyn Dunstan and Sue Hawker.
Many of the artists draw inspiration for their works from the New Zealand environment, both cultural and natural. Evelyn
Dunstan’s work focuses on flora or fauna and says that she aims to reflect her pride and share her passion for her
country, with a strong emphasis on the ‘new culture’ that is emerging through contemporary New Zealand. In Glass
Invitational NZ Evelyn’s works feature the native clematis in Crowning Glory, and convolvulus in Conundrum #2.
Galia Amsel returns to Glass Invitational NZ with striking cast glass forms in hues of blue and green. Galia states that
her initial inspiration derives from objects that are associated with use, whether mechanical, decorative or
ritualistic. She translates the implied function of these objects into the work and the finished pieces evoke a sense of
rhythm and movement, while still retaining resonance from the original forms.
The curator of the exhibition, Stephen Higginson, said that this presentation shows a substantial change is taking place
in the nature of New Zealand glass. “It is no longer accurate to speak of the glass artist community being dominated by
two modes, cast and hot glass, or that the vessel is the prevailing form” he said. “Significant achievement is emerging
across varied usages and representational concerns are referencing matters of the human condition and place-specific
Glass Invitational NZ is open in the Robert McDougall Gallery until 8 February 2009.
Hours are 10.00 am – 4.00 pm and admission is free.
Glass Invitational NZ
7 November - 8 February
Robert McDougall Gallery
Open 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Glass Invitational NZ is the premier presentation of contemporary New Zealand glass art. Curated by Stephen Higginson
and toured by Milford House Ltd, Glass Invitational NZ features works of international significance by New Zealand’s
foremost glass artists and surveys the major achievements and innovations in the field.
Jim Dennison & Leanne Williams