In December 2007 Canberra Glassworks was delighted to invite four established local artists whose primary artistic medium was not glass.
Choosing just four artists from the region with different artistic backgrounds was a daunting but exciting task. The aim of this residency was to create an exhibition as part of Weereewa—A Festival of Lake George 2008
This intense two weeks brought together Kirsten Farrell, Sharon Peters, John Pratt and Wendy Teakel, with backgrounds in painting, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design, and a little bit of glass.
The residency started with a field trip to the dry lake bed of Weereewa. What followed was each artist’s response to the overwhelming sense of space that emanates from this mysterious lake. With technical assistance from Sue Kesteven and Nikki Mayne over the two weeks, each artist responded with an amazing clarity and boldness of ideas, materials and processes.
Kirstie Rea, Creative Director, Canberra Glassworks, 2008
I found the shapes for these works in historical land administration maps covering Weereewa and the surrounding area.
The maps’ original purpose was to divide and manage the land; I have divided them again and reconfigured them to get another view of the land, of the maps, and for a view of this process of dividing. These maps were first made in the 1820s and are still used.
The colours I used are derived from satellite images of the earth taken in the 1960s and 1970s–another kind of historical map.
Maps are made to be dispassionate, objective observations of place, but they are not.