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Yallourn, Victoria, Australia born 1956

Shadow votive bowl 1 2004 Place made: Annandale, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: glass, glass: blown and cast with platinum lustres; stainless steel, enamels glass: blown and cast: platinum lustres, stainless steel, enamels

Dimensions: 48.5 h x 69.0 w x 55.0 d cm bowl 36.0 h x 41.0 w x 41.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2005
Accession No: NGA 2005.93.A-B

The tripod vessel has been Brian Hirst’s main preoccupation from his earliest work, a form that he often interprets in reference to the styles and degraded iridescent surfaces of classical antique Roman glass. Hirst also uses the shadow as a continuing motif, juxtaposing three-dimensional glass objects with their shadow – a flat, glass image. Shadow votive bowl 1, a massive blown and cast tripod glass bowl with a platinum-lustred rim, is set on a forged and constructed, etched and oxidised stainless-steel stand and backdrop, shaped to suggest the bowl’s shadow but set apart from it in visually dramatised perspective. As a collector of historic and early contemporary glass, Hirst has an interest in the disposition and reception of the displayed object – theatrical conversations that inform the arrangement of real and reflected elements in his works.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra