“I am fascinated by visual energy and structure and finding a harmonious balance between them. My works explore this inherent tension and the unique and beguiling materiality of glass,” wrote Hannah Gason, who graduated from the ANU’s school of Art in 2015 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Glass), with First Class Honours, and the University Medal.
As her statement suggests, the desired coherence of this work, Altered Scape #4, has been achieved by assembling rectangles of transparent and opaque kiln-fired glass into a composition which strategically harnesses the light rebounding off the wall behind the work. Tension between the “unmotivated,” “found,” “accidental,” “brute” qualities of the small rectangular pieces of glass and the considered, constructed nature of the whole suggests that we are examining a basically pictorial conception.
Gason co-ordinates the fragments of line, the shifting tones of grey, the flushes and flare-ups of red in the glass platelets so that the resulting effect resembles cut-up photographic negatives assembled into a collage, while also referencing the grid structures that are common to many abstract paintings. Hence we experience her work ambivalently – both pictorially and non-pictorially – ultimately focussing on “the beguiling materiality of glass”.