Top Australian glass award goes to ECU graduate
Monday, 16 February 2009
ECU graduate and Bayswater resident, Denise Pepper has been awarded the Ausglass Vicki Torr Online Gallery Prize for her innovative glass sculptures.
Denise’s work, aptly titled Control Briefs, is a series of women’s underwear cast in glass.
Each piece is unique and made from an original garment.
Denise says the pieces came about through experimentation with using glass in non-traditional ways.
“Using a special technique, I was able to cast undergarments in a way that retained the delicate lace patterns and the shape of the wearer,” she says.
The Ausglass Vicki Torr Online Gallery Prize is valued at $2,000 per year and is awarded by Ausglass to an emerging glass practitioner whose work has been included in the Ausglass Online Gallery.
The prize encourages and promotes emerging artists through raising their public profile.
Ausglass is the national organisation set up to represent and promote glass artists.
Denise first started working in glass at ECU in 2004 and says that it’s a unique and rewarding experience.
“I was quickly fascinated with the flowing live liquid and I became hooked on experimenting with glass practice,” she said.
Denise graduated from ECU’s Visual Arts program in 2006, returning in 2007 as artist-in-residence.
Since graduating, Denise’s work has been exhibited at a number of galleries in Sydney and Perth.
Dr Nien Schwarz, Visual Arts Course Coordinator at ECU says that Denise’s award is an outstanding achievement.
“The Vicki Torr prize is a great honour as it is judged by members of the glass art community.”
Denise’s work will be part of the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition on Cottesloe Beach from 5 – 24 March.
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