For Mirror shift (doubled) Rosslynd Piggott presents a part of the second body of engraved glass works made with master engraver, Maurizio Vidal who is based at a traditional mirror making factory, Ongaro e Fuga on Murano, Venice. Piggott has been visiting and working in Murano over several Winters from 2012- 2016 first of all working with Berengo studio to produce an opulent series of blown glass vessels to capture air at the famed Giardino di Ninfa, south of Rome. At this time, she met and worked with Vidal to make an engraved mirror, triggering her interest in the potential of the technique of wheel engraving. In particular, the consummate skill of Vidal, a lifetime of focussed practice combined with Piggott’s detailed floral drawings, struck a new opening for both artisan and artist. These resulting innovations using traditional methods for mirror making have drawn attention in the glass community of Venice – both artisanal and curatorial, evidenced in Piggott’s invitation to stage an exhibition with VeniceArtFactory in Castello, Venice this past September.
Mirror shift (doubled) presents a move to working with handmade Murano glass in various tints from a typical Venetian pale pink, to Alessandrina (a glass that shifts between pale blue and violet in differing lights), to various saturations of gold, and also to Avventurina, the Italian term for glass infused with copper particles. The rippled edge of these coloured sheets is evidence of it’s previously liquid form as poured glass. Piggott has responded to the seductive and suggestive nature of the material and made floral drawings directly onto the glass. A further optical shift is employed when backing mirrors are positioned behind each coloured glass. One mirror is engraved and polished with lenses that warp, reflect and refract light. The other mirror remaining flat highlights the bubbled lens in the coloured glass. Perception is push-pulled across a seemingly broadened space. The viewer is compelled to find the image as it shifts and flickers resisting a static focus.
Rosslynd Piggott’s work has received wide acclaim, having been represented in over 50 important solo exhibitions and numerous curated events both nationally and internationally. Major presentations include a solo show Suspended Breath at The National Gallery of Victoria in 1998. Trace, the inaugural Liverpool Biennial 1999, Extract: in 3 parts at Australia Centre for Contemporary Art in 2008, Shelter 2006- 2010 as part of Songs of Survival: Beauty in a Precarious Age Biennial of Sydney 2010, Dividing Infinity: A Room for Painting, TarraWarra Museum of Art, 2011and Murmur, 2013 at The Johnston Collection.
She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, overseas studios in Italy, Paris and Japan. In 2011 she held a residency at the British School at Rome. From 2013-14 she was Australia Council artist in residence at Acme Studio in London. Recently she has been working with glass artisans in Murano, Venice as part of an ongoing project and has been invited to hold a show, Garden Fracture/ Mirror in Vapour: part 2, at the Museum of Glass, Murano, Venice this September.
Rosslynd Piggott has a concurrent solo exhibition featuring a major painting at Bus Projects, Melbourne
“Everbloom: and an extract of rose”
Opening: Wednesday 2 August, 6-8pm
Dates: 2 August – 26 August 2017