Finalist – Richard Whiteley

Absence2016
cast glass, 300 x 250 x 140
Photo: Greg Piper

Established Artist Category Finalist

 

Richard Whiteley is an Associate Professor, Head of Glass Workshop and Convener of Craft and Design at the School of Art at the Australian National University in Canberra. He was a member of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council from 2009 to 2011 and now serves as a peer for this organisation. His works are held in major museums and private collections worldwide, including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York, and the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China. Whiteley has undertaken a major public art commission for ActewAGL as part of the enlarged Cotter Dam and has received many research grants to develop creative works and perform technical research, including a major glass-recycling project with Sydney based company, Verastone Glass.

“This new series of work has emerged in response to the deciphering of MRI imagery and the experience of trying to grasp the uncertain physical nature of what is being revealed within the body. The translucency of glass allows the overlaying of exterior structures and internal forms; light shudders through the material, bringing with it an ambiguity regarding what is solid and what is void, provoking us to lose sight of what we are viewing as we look into these bodily forms.”