The exhibition “A Breathing Landscape” contains glass works by Clare Belfrage, a native of Adelaide, Australia, that were made specifically for this solo show opening at Tansey Contemporary on October 19.
“I have been working on some of the series like “In Deep” and “Quiet Shifting” for a few years,” explains Belfrage, who was recently honored with a 2018 South Australian Living Artist designation. “They are very reflective of landscape while also holding a sense of rock, escarpment, the layers of seeing and the experience of moving through a place.
The most recent work in the show is from the series “Shedding” and “Close Impressions.” “These come from studies of bark, the rhythms and patterns that I have observed and imagined and also honing in on specific qualities of tree skins,” Belfrage explains. “The collection of this work together will give the viewer the experience of different rhythms experienced in the natural world which is dynamic but also gentle.”
Belfrage creates hot-worked and cold-worked pieces, utilizing various techniques that include laying long, thin threads of glass across the hand-blown surface of the glass in a repetitive pattern and melting thin glass rods onto the surface of the glass.
“As an artist, my point of view is often looking from close-up,” she says. “The big feeling that small gives me is intimate and powerful. The industry in nature, its rhythm and energy, dramatic and delicate still holds my fascination as does the language and processes of glass.”
Belfrage, who graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree from Monash University in Melbourne, is a founding member of Blue Pony glass studio and the former creative director of Canberra Glassworks. She’s the two-time winner of the Tom Malone Glass Prize and the winner of the 2016 FUSE Glass Prize.
Her work is represented in New York’s Corning Museum of Glass, Portugal’s Museu de Vidro, Washington State’s Tacoma Museum of Glass and in the National Art Glass Collection and Australian National Gallery in Australia.