Kirstie Rea, The gurgle in my gut
Kirstie Rea established her studio in 1987, and over the past 27 years has devloped her practice to become internationally recognised and respected for her works in glass.
For many years Kirstie’s work has explored intervention and attachment to place. Bringing together the external and the internal Kirstie is investigating how we have shaped and marked place and in turn how place shapes our navigation both physically and mentally across and into it. She is drawn to places distant from built environments to continue this exploration and cites the importance of silence and solitude in the field to ‘filter and ferment ideas’. This work, The gurgle in my gut, relates to this working process.
We live under an ocean of air. That ocean has volume, it lives and breathes as we breathe it. It is charged with place, imbued with what lies below, tainted and tinged, tasting of what’s been and what is to come. I ingest it, I digest it, filter and ferment it. That digestion is like a conversation with myself, with my gut, it feeds and nourishes my thinking towards making.
Kirstie was a staff member of the glass workshop at the ANU School of Art & Design from 1987 -2003, and was the inaugural Creative Director at the Canberra Glassworks. She has taught in her field of kiln formed glass and coldworking techniques across the world since 1987. She has exhibited widely internationally and her work has been included in numerous Australian Glass survey shows. In 2009 Kirstie received the Ausglass Honorary Life Membership Award for her contribution to the education of glass in Australia, and in 2014 was awarded the 2015 CAPO Fellow Award (Canberra Arts Patrons’ Organisation). She was the recipient of the 2016 Canberra Glassworks Fellowship.