Finalist – Jessica Loughlin

Receptor Of Light V, 2018
Glass, 450h x 530w x 170d

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Jessica Loughlin is highly regarded for her quiet understated approach to kiln formed glass and the unique way she uses her material. Her artworks prompt a mediative state, reflecting  her fascination with the beauty of emptiness. Loughlin has been practicing for over 19 years during which she has exhibited in numerous international and national exhibitions, including in USA, UK, Germany, Italy, and Singapore and Australia.  She co-founded Gate 8 Workshop, a not-for-profit organisation where she works, that provides space for local professional artists.  She travels regularly teaching masterclasses and has been the recipient of numerous grants. She has been recognised as ‘Outstanding New Artist in Glass’ Urban Glass, NY USA.  Her work has been awarded the Tom Malone Art Prize in both 2004 and 2007, the Ranamok prize in Australia. Her work is part of major public collections around the world including National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, Corning Museum of Glass NY USA, Mobile Museum of Art AL, USA, MUDAC Lausanne, Switzerland and Victorian and Albert Museum, London UK.

“The far reach of our vision can be a place for dreams, reflection and perspective, the mind placing itself in a landscape larger than it’s grasp. Inspired by the experience of light in the large austere landscapes of the Australian desert, my work does not aim to represent this landscape directly but rather induce a state of looking both inward and outward simultaneously. ‘Deserts both free and fill the mind’. ‘receptor for light’ is about the observation of light. It performs almost as a “tabula rasa” for noticing subtle light changes throughout the day. The white opaline glass behaves in a similar way to the light in the sky. Fine molecules suspended in the glass reflect blue light while transmitting the warm spectrum of light. At first glance the piece may appear to be white, but on longer inspection the colours appear andslowly change as the light shifts throughout the day.
1. Michael Jackson, At Home in the World, Durham: Duke University Press 1995