Elizabeth Kelly: Perilous

December 2016 - December 2017 | The Point

  • Elizabeth Kelly, Groovy 2016, kiln-formed, assembled and cold worked glass

One of Australia's most acclaimed glass artists, Elizabeth Kelly, launches the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery's new annual installation series, The Point, with the outstanding Perilous. A 2.7 metre high tower of purple glass, Perilous will be on display with two other works in The Point on Morrow Street for the next twelve months and will then be permanently installed in the National Art Glass Gallery.

Originally commissioned for the fortieth anniversary of Adelaide's craft and design centre JamFactory, Perilous' signature shade of purple glass includes 50% recycled materials based on the artist’s unique research into sustainable glassmaking. The patterning of the work’s components is based on the helical and icosahedral structure of viruses, and the modular form of the bricks comprising this ambitious tower is Kelly’s response to her Churchill Fellowship studies in Europe in 2011.

Elizabeth Kelly’s work is held by major institutions worldwide including Parliament House in Canberra, the National Gallery of Australia, the Seto Museum in Japan, and the Museum of American Glass in New Jersey, USA. Perilous now joins the National Art Glass Collection in Wagga Wagga alongside several earlier pieces, demonstrating the significance of this renowned artist within Australian art glass.