FRAGILE LANDSCAPES GLASS ARTWORKS
I am a Melbourne, Australia based artist using a unique method of combining my Australian landscape photography with glass panels to create large-format three dimensional (3D) layered landscape artworks. This ongoing art series is called ‘Fragile Landscapes’ and explores environmental and sustainability themes in a ‘medium as message’ execution. My work is produced as standalone glass art pieces and integrated into architecture.
When I display my landscape images on layers of glass, the result is a simple photograph transformed into a transparent three dimensional artwork that portrays an inherent environmental sustainability message. As such, choosing glass as my preferred medium wasn’t a mistake or an arbitrary thought.
In all its moods, and at all times our natural world is fragile. But just how fragile is our relationship with nature? As fragile as a rose petal or a clover leaf, a rainbow or a drop of early morning dew?
The Fragile Landscapes series on glass explores this fragility, while paying homage to the layers of meaning and deeper dimensions beneath what is seen; layers of time, history, culture, and degrading human influence. Fragile Landscapes unapologetically projects a powerful environmental message through the medium of glass. Each piece requires a determined level of care in its handling and positioning, the art becoming a metaphorical representation and reminder of the beauty, value, fragility and many layers of our natural world.
How have we dealt with the fragile nature of our world? What does our future hold?
SOLAR POWERED GLASS ARTWORKS
I continue to expand upon the theories, philosophies and presentation methods behind the ‘Fragile Landscapes’ art series and have many years of work ahead to reveal the potential of the concept. Currently I am exploring the viability of adding a solar powered aspect to my artworks, particularly those integrated into architecture. One or more layers of thin transparent solar (Photovoltaic) panels will add a practical operational and timely aspect to the artworks. I am currently seeking the right product partner for the execution of Solar-powered Fragile Landscapes artworks and architectural integrations.
COMMISSION OR BUY FRAGILE LANDSCAPES GLASS ARTWORKS
You can commission any of the landscape photographs on this website as standalone Fragile Landscapes artworks or architectural integrations: large format layered three dimensional glass images.
BUYING AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS
All the landscape photographs on this website can be purchased as limited edition fine art prints, with each printed on the highest quality archival photographic paper. This means that each image and the paper it is printed on will last decades without loss of colour or quality (as long as it’s looked after!)
THE MANY MOODS OF THE AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPE
The environment has always been associated with emotions. The sea can be calm or angry or the day can be unsettled. When I explore and photograph any environment I am seeking to find and express its mood. Perhaps at the same time I am also looking for an expression of my own mood. Maybe this is the extra layer I add to the art, who knows? Like people, an environment’s mood can be ever-changing, sometimes by the minute and second. Like a portrait of a person, when I photograph the environment, I look for not just what I see but what I can’t see until I capture it and make it sit still.
WHAT DRAWS ME TO AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY?
When I first began to shoot landscape images I was only seven and all I wanted to shoot was storms. I had no idea why, I just liked what I saw and felt in those Cumulonimbus clouds. I loved the energy, the sounds and the smells and I wanted to hold onto all that. After many years, I worked out it was the moods of the land that I was attracted to as well as the process of finding that mood; watching the clouds form, exploring the hills, valleys, fields, beaches and cliffs…losing myself in the epic nature of nature. No matter what mood the environment might be expressing, it is the canvas of life for all living things. We need to care for it, nurture it and cherish it. In all its moods and at all times it is fragile.
In essence, I love photographing the environment because I love the natural world and I believe it’s vitally important that we protect it. That’s what Fragile Landscapes is all about. I can find more layers of conceptual and artistic justification for my work than a fine French puff pastry but I think that is more than enough reason.