Ruth Allen

My relationship with the material glass is the catalyst for the design science of my ideas. This symbiotic relationship between maker and material, technique and process allows the physical idea to come to fruition. Focused research has nurtured the scientific, theoretical and conceptual contribution to the development of my expression.
I strive to challenge perceptions of the potential of the medium, grounded in traditional hot glass techniques I choose to work sculpturally and often within an installation context.
The Synergetic Series is strongly influenced by the philosophies of Buckminster Fuller, whose theory of Synergetics was an attempt to create a scientifically based poetics of experience.
I work with natural phenomena, heat, gravity, leverage and the nature of the material. I choose to engage in repetition, reproduction and the singular as well as the interplay between pattern and randomness.
The works are abstracted to resonate on many levels with organic forms, cellular structures and post-modern architectural compositions that proliferate in our natural and built environments.
Large scaled installations of forms combine with lighting effects to bring the phenomena of shadow into play. I enjoy the challenge of engaging the viewer into an inter-dimensional language, by illuminating the four dimensional qualities of glass through its three dimensional shadow cast upon a two dimensional wall plane.

Biography

Contact:

Email: ruth@ruthallen.com.au
Website: ruthallen.com.au

Galleries:

Milford House Galleries

Sofia Athineou

I am Greek and I live in the Waitakere Ranges with my family. I am a devotee of art. I am a mixed media artist with an emphasis in glass, a medium with many sensual and optical qualities.

I love using glass to express myself artistically. I love the way it looks and feels and the way it reflects and distorts light. I capture passion and emotion by refracting the vibrant colours of glass throught the forms I create. My art reflects me, my ideas, my beliefs. I have taken part in several exhibitions and received four awards.

Biography

Contact:

Email: sofiaathineou@yahoo.gr
phone: +64(0)9 814 8891
mob: +64(0)21 213 2220

Galleries:

Te Papa Museum Store
Wellington
Black Door Gallery
Auckland
CEAC Corban Estate Arts Center
Parnell, Auckland
West Coast Gallery
Piha, Waitakere
The Poi Room
Auckland
Tairawhaiti Museum
Gisborne
Auckland War Memorial Museum

Karin Barr

In 2008 I started learning the craft of glass casting. It is an ongoing challenging technical process, which I’m eager to learn. The unique qualities of glass as a sculptural medium allow me to bring contrast with colour and the use of light in my mix media pieces.
I like working with simple forms, mixing and matching with playful concepts. Most of my work shows clear and strong lines.

Biography

Contact:

Email: karin.barr66@gmail.com
phone: +64(0)7 887 600
Mob: +64(0)27 37 33 800
Studio: 278 Seifert Road, Tauhei, Morrinsville
(by appointment only)

Galleries:

Wallace Gallery
Morrinsville
Lightwave Gallery
Mount Maunganui

Kathryn Bartlett

My work is mainly abstract figurative and reflects the beauty of both the human form and nature. I usually like to start the creative process in clay, which gives me the flexibility to change and develop my ideas as I go. However it is glass that really brings a sculpture to life, allowing light and colour to accentuate its shape.

Contact:

Email: kathrynbartlett@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.kathrynbartlett.com
Mobile: +64(0)21 208 7787