Hindmarsh Prize

twenty-eighteen

Erin Conron, Glance #2

I am interested in the simple daily actions of life, and the way these build up through repetition to create the structure of our identity and complexities of our personal stories.
— Erin Conron

Erin Conron is a Canberra-born artist who has been working with glass for over 10 years. Her work explores relationships between the dualities of interior and exterior, collective and personal, organic and geometric. She is interested in the personal memories and experiences that build up through out a life, defining character and identity. 

I am interested in the simple daily actions of life, and the way these build through repetition to create the structure of our identity and complexities of our personal stories. Each individual is affected differently by the common experiences of our shared external world. 

Erin uses repetitive linear mark making and the transparency of glass to create vessels with complex layered patterns. These patterns wrap around the vessel, creating a moiré effect, which causes the viewer to see shape and movement in addition to the line work and the form of the vessel itself. The vessel is painted with an enamel which Erin then scratches back into using hand held implements over many hours of repetitive mark-making. The work seeks to find a balance between pattern and form, to invite contemplation and reflection.

Erin’s working style was initially developed through using a graal technique – an extremely labour intensive process involving multiple hotshop sessions and firings. Since becoming mother to her two young daughters she has evolved her practice to suit her changed lifestyle, now utilising mark-making techniques that do not require any special equipment and can be accomplished in her home studio in Queanbeyan.

Painting on glass in this way, which I consider to be a developing style of work in my practice, is a very deliberate decision to spend extended time working with my hands in close contact with the glass. 

Erin studied glass at the ANU School of Art & Design, where she received her Honours degree in 2008. Erin is represented locally by Beaver Galleries, and had her first solo exhibition there in 2013.