DETAIL: Toots ZYNSKY 'Pennellata' 2004, 'Filet de Verre' fused and thermoformed colour glass threads
Jessica LOUGHLIN | Open space 16

Australia 1975
Open space 16
wall panel 2005
kilnformed and wheel-worked
73.0 (h) x 68.0 (w) x 2.0 (d) cm
NGA 2005.255

Jessica Loughlin’s work is characterised by a strict reductive sensibility and restricted use of colour. Fusing kiln-formed sheets of opaque and translucent glass together in flat panels or in thin, geometric compositions and vessels, she alludes to shadow, reflection and refraction. Loughlin’s work is influenced by the flat landscapes and salt lakes of South Australia, and the recurring motif of the mirage appears in the white field of her Open spaceseries as a shimmering ridge below a ‘horizon’ line. She carves this graphic element into the reverse side of the panel, allowing its refractive shadow to hover imperceptibly, creating a work of poetic understatement.

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