Posted on Friday, December 2, 2005 by Brenda Tucker
The work of three CCA faculty members—Lia Cook, professor of Textiles; Marilyn da Silva, chair of Jewelry/Metal Arts; and Donald Fortescue, chair of Wood/Furniture—is featured in Transformations: The Language of Craft, an international exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. The exhibition showcases recent work by the world's leading studio craft artists and is the first of its kind at the National Gallery. Transformations is on view through January 29, 2006.
Three years in the making, the exhibition includes 85 Australian and international artists and 135 works in the area of studio craft, including ceramics, furniture, glass, jewelry, metalwork, sculpture, textiles, and wood.
Transformations was organized by Robert Bell, senior curator of decorative arts and design at the National Gallery. Bell comments, "The work of international artists most prominent and influential in these fields is seldom seen in Australia; this exhibition offers visitors a chance to encounter their unique and compelling objects that challenge our perceptions of design and function, and the meaning of the materials they use."
Cook and Da Silva each gave presentations on their work during a two-day conference held in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition. They were among the 18 artists from Australia, the United States, Europe, and Asia who were invited to speak.
A full-color exhibition catalog is available from the National Gallery of Australia online shop. For more information, see www.nga.gov.au.