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On display on Level 1


Sydney, New South Wales, Australia born 1979

Shifting fields 2006 Place made: New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: glass, glass (Bullseye cane): fused, slumped, hot-formed, cold-worked

Dimensions: 16.5 h x 92.0 w x 12.3 d cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Ranamok Glass Prize Limited 2014
Accession No: NGA 2014.1615

Cobi Cockburn’s work has developed from her interest in the Australian landscape, particularly the grasslands of the Monaro plains region around Canberra. Cockburn has abstracted their visual forms into flat fields of striated and imperceptibly shifting ribbons of glass a delicately balanced boatlike form to allow their translucence to become part of the work. This work suggests, with its crystalline agate-like quality, the infinitely long and transformative process of geological change.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design