Crystal Clarity | Coloured Clarity | Inner Worlds | Translucency | Opaque Counterpoint |
 
    Orange Cleavage-Smith, ROLFE-POWELL, Stephen; 1997, Purchased with the assistance of the Art Gallery Board of Trustees
  Coloured Clarity
Artist ROLFE-POWELL, Stephen
Birth 1951, USA
   
Title Orange Cleavage-Smith
Date 1997
Place Sydney, New South Wales
Medium hand-blown, murrini glass
Dims 74.0 x 53.0 x 30.0cm
Collection Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery
Creditline Purchased with the assistance of the Art Gallery Board of Trustees
AccNo 1997.005
 

The large scale, bright palette and flamboyant mood of Orange Cleavage-Smith characterise this artist's style. These qualities are typical also of much West Coast American studio glass in their combination of bold technique with irreverent subjects and motifs.

An impressive tour-de-force of traditional glass-blowing, Stephen Rolfe-Powell's Orange Cleavage-Smith is a gigantic flask-like vessel that has been manipulated into a stylised Junoesque torso with a powerful sculptural presence.

The colourful patchwork pattern of tiny mosaic elements is an adaptation of an ancient and exacting decorative technique perfected by Venetian glassmakers. Edols and Elliott use a similar murrini design in their vase.