Architectural art focus for new Fellow

Following hot on the footsteps of our first international artist, Steven Ciezki (Chicago, USA), Canberra Glassworks will welcome local artist, Lisa Cahill as the new Art Group Creative Fellow on July 18.

Cahill is known for her large scale kiln formed wall works and public art. More recently Lisa’s work has pushed the boundaries of both glass and painting. By creating dreamlike images of landscapes in layers of glass, Lisa manages to capture imagery as if it was a three-dimensional photograph.

“Visible brushstrokes create the feeling of a fleeting moment or a fading memory, while also holding a wonderful sense of nostalgia rather than sadness for the forgotten,” says Canberra Glassworks Artistic Director, Aimee Frodsham, of Lisa’s work. “Mastering complex photographic, printing, glass and painting processes Lisa is able to give these works an effortless look that is something not to be understated.”

Over the next 12 months Lisa will work from a dedicated studio space at the Canberra Glassworks where she will research and develop these complex processes while also working with the glass community as a mentor.

Having had recent success with architectural glass installations for public and private locations, including a cast glass Rising Sun for the Sir John Monash Centre in Villers-Bretonneux, France, Lisa is eager to research and develop this area of her practice.

“My main focus will be to look at researching and developing a new body of large scale sculptures using a broad range of techniques and mediums including blown glass components, hot cast, sand cast, mold blown as well as kiln-formed and cast components,” says Lisa.

The purpose of the Art Group Creative Fellowship is to foster a mutually beneficial exchange of ideas and professional practice within the Glassworks and the wider community.
As an Art Group Creative Fellow, Lisa is provided with a dedicated studio space to work for a period of 12 months, a cash stipend of AUD$20,000 and free access to the facilities and equipment (with very few limitations). The Fellowship is made possible by the generous support of local development company Art Group.