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Luna Ryan

Luna Ryan
Artist's statement

Ryan works on an intuitive basis. Personal and general stories are transformed into composite glass tableaux. The tableaux often feature abstracted figures, and at times are combined with vessels. More recently Ryan has been combining found objects and glass. Most recently Ryan started to recycle television screens.

Usually she makes a quick sketch of the idea or forms to be included in her work, then proceeds to make three dimensional objects, often out of clay, sometimes out of cardboard or wood. The next step is to make master molds of these forms, from which she makes waxes, these are then invested into final molds and steamed out, then placed in the kiln so the mould can be filled with glass. Ryan mainly uses lead crystal which after firing is cold worked.

Recent work
1-2-3 Bears
  • 1-2-3 Bears, 2007
  • glass and found objects
  • Dimensions: tallest 460mm x 90mm x 90 mm
  • Photo: Creative Image Photography
Penguin Lake
  • Penguin Lake, 2007/08
  • Kiln cast crystal and metal blade
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 160mm x 160 mm
  • Photo: Courtesy of the Artist
Merge
  • Merge, 2007
  • kiln cast crystal
  • Dimensions: 240mm x 700mm x 140 mm
  • Photo: Creative Image Photography
Vision of a Fragile Eden Series (detail)
  • Vision of a Fragile Eden Series (detail), 2007
  • kiln cast recycled television screens
  • Dimensions: Each component 370mm x 370mm x 50mm
  • Photo: Creative Image Photography

Arrow Group
  • Arrow Group, 2007
  • kiln cast crystal
  • Dimensions: Each component 250mm x 600mm x 250mm
  • Photo: Creative Image Photography
Food
  • Food, 2007
  • kiln cast crystal and recycled television screen
  • Dimensions: 430mm x 330mm x 170mm
  • Photo: Creative Image Photography
Biography

Luna Ryan first visited Australia in 1981 from the Netherlands during a journey discovering parts of the world other than Europe.

Initially she attended courses in stained glass but after finding the format limiting she enrolled at Australian National University School of Art, Glass workshop in 1987, headed by Klaus Moje.

After gaining skills in blowing glass and kiln casting, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in 1990, and received the Australian National University Award.

Since graduating Ryan has run a full studio based art practice as well as conducting field trips overseas and around Australia. Since 1991 she has been based at Australian National Capital Artists studios in Canberra. She has exhibited widely in Australia having had three solo exhibitions and has been a regular attendee at major glass conferences in Australia and overseas.

In 2003 Ryan was invited to conduct a glass workshop at Tiwi Design, the art centre on Bathurst Island, part of the Tiwi Islands north of Darwin. After the success of the first workshop she was invited back and it was then that she developed an artistic partnership with Tiwi artist Jock Puautjimi. In 2005 Ryan received a substantial grant from the ACT Government to continue this collaboration.

Puautjimi and Ryan are currently working towards an exhibition at Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre which will include cast glass Pukumani Poles (Tiwi burial poles), and Ryan's own work.

Ryan will be conducting kiln casting classes at the Canberra Glassworks.

Selected exhibitions
2008:   ANCA Travelling South, M16 Art Space Gallery - Canberra
2008:   Gather, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2007:   A Little Drop of Kindness, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2007:   Intimacy, Australian National Capital Artists Gallery - Canberra
2007:   Mamana Mamanta (Gradual Friendship), Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2006:   Tac, Australian National University School of Art Foyer Gallery - Canberra
2006:   2 Materials, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2005:   Conversations in 3D, Australian National Capital Artists Gallery - Canberra
2005:   Southern Lights, Light Square Gallery - Adelaide
2005:   Bountiful: An Ode to Autumn, Kamberra Wine Company - Canberra
2005:   Effen Glass, Australian National Capital Artists Gallery - Canberra
2004:   Eccentric Ensemble, Australian National Capital Artists Gallery - Canberra
2003:   The Variable Speed of Light, Australian National Capital Artists Gallery - Canberra
2003:   Ausglass Members Exhibition, Contemporary Art Gallery - Fremantle, WA
2002:   A Journey, New Crystal Work, Australian National Capital Artists Gallery - Canberra
Selected commissions/awards/grants
2006:   ACT Project Grant
2002:   ACT Cultural Development Grant
2000:   ACT Cultural Development Grant
Selected publications
2008:   Luna Ryan Glass Artist, a film by Les Herstik, YouTube broadcast
2008:   B. McConchie, Mamana Mamanta (Gradual Friendship), Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
2006:   A. McMahon, Tiwi Glass, Craft Culture

 

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