Jessica LOUGHLIN, Open space 16 Enlarge 1 /1


Melbourne, Victoria, Australia born 1975

Open space 16 2005 Description: wall panel
Place made: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Materials & Technique: glass, glass, stainless steel glass: kilnformed and wheel-worked Support: glass mounted on steel support bracket

Dimensions: 67.5 h x 72.5 w x 3.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2005
Accession No: NGA 2005.255

Jessica Loughlin’s work is characterised by a strict reductive sensibility and restricted use of colour. Fusing kiln-formed sheets of opaque and translucent glass together in flat panels or in thin, geometric compositions and vessels, she alludes to shadow, reflection and refraction. Loughlin’s work is influenced by the flat landscapes and salt lakes of South Australia, and the recurring motif of the mirage appears in the white field of her Open spaceseries as a shimmering ridge below a ‘horizon’ line. She carves this graphic element into the reverse side of the panel, allowing its refractive shadow to hover imperceptibly, creating a work of poetic understatement.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra