For over 30 years, Australian artist Clare Belfrage has created exquisite blown glass sculptures inspired by the natural world. With rounded corners and soothing pastel hues, her uniquely shaped pieces stand out for the delicate patterns drifting over their organic forms. Each of these ethereal designs is “drawn” with glass strips and sanded down until they merge with the rest of the sculpture.
Grids made of softly curving white lines, circular slices, and strips of different colors are just a few of the ways she covers her sculptures. The mesmerizing blueprints contrast the pure simplicity of the sculptural shape, which in turn creates visual depth. Belgrage prefers not to plan her art and instead follows her instincts. “When absorbed by the natural world, the enduring inspiration for my work, part of my experience of wonder is the contemplation of Time – the way Time is described, measured, and held,” she tells My Modern Met. “It can feel frozen or captured, it can feel sped up, dense with energy, it can feel fleeting, and it can feel endless.”
Belfrage tries to capture some of these rhythmic patterns found in nature in her glass sculptures. The lines and shapes tracing over her sculptures also lead the viewer's eyes to move across the piece, leading to a sense of movement. “The rhythms within the natural world that I observe and work to bring into my making, mark out movement through Time, evidence of the life that is lived, expressing growth, aging, shedding, mapping and binding,” she continues.
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