Lisa Cahill, Nocturnal
For over 15 years Lisa Cahill has explored land and seascapes though carved, kiln formed and painted glass. With this new work she seeks to explore the reality behind the visible and to find the quiet within. Inspired by both the natural world and the transitory nature of the urban experience, Lisa’s dreamlike images allow viewers to draw associations with their own remembered landscapes, resulting in a meditative and emotional response.
Having spent many years living and travelling the world, much of this time spent in Denmark, my mother’s homeland, my kiln formed glassworks connect structures of urban architecture, the associations and memories they invoke, and my innate respect for the natural landscape.
Lisa works across a variety of scales and techniques. Developing a distinctive style since completing a BA in Ceramic Design at Monash University in 2000, her work ranges from kiln-formed and wheel-carved wall panels and sculptures to large-scale public artworks and series of jewellery and plates.
For Lisa, Nocturnal is an investigation of her sense of place and her infinitesimal position within this universe. The piece is part of a new body of work in which she aims to explore the quiet and stillness of the night and with it create a space for quiet contemplation.
Lisa has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally and has been awarded numerous grants and prizes, including several Australia Council for the Arts new work grants and the 2001 Bullseye By Design Award. She established studios in Sydney and Melbourne before relocating to Canberra in 2011, where she now practices full-time from her studio in Pialligo.
Represented by Sabbia Gallery in Sydney, Kirra Galleries in Melbourne and several Galleries in the USA, Lisa’s work can be found in The National Art Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery, NSW, Palm Springs Art Museum, California, USA and The Ebeltoft Glass Museum, Denmark.