Hindmarsh Prize

twenty-eighteen

Hannah Gason, Watching, waiting

I am fascinated by visual energy and structure and finding a harmonious balance between them. My art works explore this inherent tension and the unique materiality of glass.
— Hannah Gason

Hannah Gason’s creative process is reflective and intuitive, often inspired by her experiences in the Australian landscape. Watching, waiting evokes the sense of calm found through natural movement and linear structure, and relates to Gason’s observations and visual experiments while at a river.

One day, I sat alongside the river, waiting for low tide so that I could cross. Hours passed. As I waited, I began to more keenly sense and observe my surroundings. The urgency I had felt to cross the river dissipated. I intently watched the slowly receding water line. I was drawn to create a line of grass fronds from the beach, and continued methodically until I reached the edge of the water.

Fascinated by visual energy and structure Gason seeks to find a harmonious balance between the two. She explores this inherent tension through glass, experimenting with the fluid materiality of the medium, employing kiln forming techniques to interact with colour, line and pictorial form. The coloured glass strands of Watching, waiting mimic grass fronds – catching the light they seem to gently sway and overlap. By expressing a visual balance of contrasts, Gason seeks to recreate fleeting moments of truly contemplative experience.

Canberra-based, Hannah graduated from the ANU School of Art & Design in 2015 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Glass) with First Class Honours and a University Medal. Hannah has undertaken residencies at the Bullseye Glass Company (US) and the Canberra Glassworks, and was recently a visiting artist at Berlin Glas. Hannah has received scholarships and grants to travel to the Pilchuck Glass School (US), the Corning Museum of Glass (US), and North Lands Creative Glass (UK), as well as assisting at the Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass and the Penland School of Crafts (US). Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is housed in the Australian Parliament House Art Collection, the Australian National Art Glass Collection, the ANU Art Collection, and private collections.