Lakes Edge, in Murrine, 2018
Hot and Kiln-formed Glass, engraved and polished 1570h x 1610w x 40d
Brenden Scott French is a South Australian artist based in the Barossa Valley who works in both blown and kiln formed glass. He has trained extensively in glass practice, completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the Sydney College of the Arts in 1997, the Associate of Design program at Jamfactory Contemporary Craft and Design in 1999 and a Bachelor of Art with Honours at the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University in 2003. He was the recipient of the Stephen Procter Fellowship (2007) and has also undertaken residencies at the Tacoma Museum of Glass, USA, Canberra Glassworks, ANU Glass Workshop, University of South Australia and Northlands Creative Glass Centre, Lybster, Scotland. During the past twenty years he has exhibited extensively both here and overseas at venues such as Sabbia Gallery Sydney AUS, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, USA and SOFA Chicago with Kirra Galleries AUS.
“I have been creating works in glass that depict the evolution of a familiar landscape over a geologic timeline. Works that expand on hot glass and kiln forming techniques but also explore the industry of human intervention upon the land. This new work Lakes Edge, in Murrine is a depiction that disrupts a presumed landscape and focusses upon the strata of conviction and reason. Constructed using nearly 7000 individual murrine tiles the surface is composed with the capacity to reshape image and identity. During this making process I was committed to exploring what lay beneath that shape shifting façade – the relationships between the past, present and future, and the peril and uncertainty that makes reinvention seem so crucial to survival.”