I know what shape I am. I am a square. I often try to be round, but I am uneasy with it. Round slips away from you easily. Squares are positive and strong, you know where you are with a square.
I have been working with architecture as my inspiration for many years. I am now focusing on the standing house and the wall. I find that each building or wall that one encounters, is imbedded with the lives of the people who inhabit them. I try to recreate this feeling in my walls.
I believe that there is no necessity to force change upon ones work. The joys and sorrows are impacted on our work as we live them, and are there for all the world to see.
The work is kiln formed at high temperatures and eased with heat into individually designed stainless steel moulds.
These walls and houses can stand alone but gain strength by being grouped together in twos, threes, fours.
One is born an artist. It is usually obvious from an early age. So I began drawing at three and became a potter long after.
I exhibited and studied ceramics and glass in Australia and overseas. I was a member of the Potters Society of Australia and exhibited ceramic sculpture widely. I taught weekend workshops in ceramics for the Arts Council of NSW flying to many country areas.
In 1981 I received my Post Graduate Diploma in Profession Art Studies at Alexander Mackie CAE. Sydney.
However, while working with ceramics I discovered glass and commenced my studies at the Glass Department at the Australian National Universiry School of Art. I travelled to USA after graduating with an Associate Diploma in glass in 1985, to study at Pilchuck International Glass School outside Seattle, and travelling in USA to all parts "glass".
I work and exhibit glass constantly, more it would seem, overseas. My work is kiln formed and sculptural. My inspiration is "the house" and all things architectural. I depict houses and large walls in glass, and I am teetering on the edge of combining glass and metal at this moment !
My work is in many private collections and Art Museums nationally and Internationally. To mention only three, Australian National Gallery Canberra; Kunstmuseum; Dusseldorf, Germany and the Corning Glass Museum, New York.
|2014:||International Glass Exhibition, Hsinchu Glass Museum - Taiwan,|
|2014:||Ranamok Touring Glass Exhibition, Canberra Glassworks - Canberra|
|2013:||Inhabit, Craft ACT Gallery - Canberra|
|2013:||Collective Vision, National Glass Gallery - Wagga Wagga, NSW|
|2013:||Tom Malone Prize Exhibition , Art Gallery of Western Australia - Perth|
|2013:||Prima, Sabbia Gallery - Sydney|
|2012:||In the Presence of One’s Home and at one’s Door (solo) , Gallery 12 - Pialligo, ACT|
|2012:||Signature, Craft ACT Gallery - Canberra|
|2011:||Home, Under the Shadow of One’s Wing (solo) , Sabbia Gallery - Sydney|
|2011:||Elements: glass, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra|
|2011:||Uncontained, Craft ACT Gallery - Canberra|
|2011:||Geometry, Sabbia Gallery - Sydney|
|2010:||Fortresses and Other Defence Architecture (solo) , National Glass Gallery - Wagga Wagga, NSW|
|2007:||Glass Weekend 07, Wheaton Arts Centre - Millville, New Jersey|
|2007:||Studio Pieces, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra|
|2007:||Sabbias Stable, Sabbia Gallery - Sydney|
|2007:||Sculpture Objects and Functional Art Exposition, Chicago, Palette Contemporary Art Gallery - Alburquerque, New Mexico|
|2007:||1975-2007 18 Solo Exhibitions, National & International,|
|2006:||Commission, Skye Plaza Building, Woden, ACT. Glass Foyer Installation|
|2005:||Quick Response Grant, Assistance to publish Catalogue. Australia Council, administered by Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre|
|2004:||Quick Response Grant, artsACT, Freight for glass work to Exhibition in Budapest, Hungary.|
|2002:||Professional Development Grant, artsACT.|
|2001:||Commission, Private Collection, Geneva, Switzerland.|
|2001:||Commission, Kiddy and Partners, London, Glass Wall Tablet|
|2000:||Visual Arts Fellowship, artsACT.|
|2000:||Visual Arts Fellowship, artsACT|
|1994:||Commission - Two glass wall tablets - Kiddy and Partners, London Office.|
|1994:||Commission -Two large wall tablets – Madge Networks International Computer Company, Sydney|
|1993:||Commission - Twelve glass wall tablets -Kiddy and Partners, Psychologists, Bristol Office. UK.|
|1992:||Commission – 22 ft Wall Sculpture - Mercantile Mutual, Sydney|
|1990:||Commission - Ten glass wall tablets - NSW State Superannuation Board|
|1990:||Commission - Eight glass wall tablets - Commonwealth Bank, Brisbane|
|1988:||Australia Council Grant|
|2015:||Who's Who of Australian Women,|
|2013:||The National Glass Collection, Wagga, Australian Signatures, Australian Book Connection|
|2013:||Contemporary Kiln-formed Glass, Dynographics, Portland Oregon, USA|
|2011:||Hely,P., Elements: glass, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre|
|2006:||Who's Who of Australian Women|
|2006:||50 Distinguished Contemporary Artists in Glass, The Intelligent Layman, London|
|2006:||Designed Visions, Art Gallery of W.A.|
|2005:||Aitken, D., Inspired by Synchronicity, Craft Arts International, June Issue|
|2004:||Aitken, D., Events and Reviews, Craft Arts International, Issue 61|
|2004:||Aitken, D., Something Different, Craft Arts International, Issue 61|
|2000:||Aitken, D., People In Glass Houses, Craft Arts International|
|2000:||Glass Arts International Magazine Issues 49 & 50,|
|2000:||Neus Glass Magazine, Issue 3,|
|1995:||Ionnou, N., Australian Studio Glass,|
|1993:||Kiddy, C., Art Meets Psychology, Craft Arts International|
|1992:||Elliot, C., Glass for Architecture, Craft Arts International|