Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom born 1931
Palmyra, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Materials & Technique: glass, vases, glass: blown and copper-wheel carved
Cameo glass is an ancient technique in which a glass object is blown in several coloured layers which are then carved through to reveal a design in relief on the surface. Alasdair Gordon’s work draws inspiration from the work of the 19th century French glass designer and revivalist of the technique, Emile Gallé, although the image of the barramundi gives this work a particularly Australian dimension. The pale coloured fish appear to swim through dense water, inviting the viewer to hold the work to the light, where it reveals unexpected flashes of brilliance and colour.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design