Artist's StatementWith this work I am using hot water bottles to create a series of pictures. I am using a hot water bottle because of its particular relationship between water and the body. To many people, it is a domestic object of intimacy and comfort. I hold a hot water bottle to me and it knows my body, takes on my impression, thaws me. With water as the key element contained, these forms are used to give a suggestion of mapping and currents, imprinting and staining, residue, memory and reflection, while having an undercurrent of our relationship to the land.
Three Perspectives in Glass, Axia Modern Art, Vic
Ausglass Members Exhibition, Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, NSW
1998 Line Drawings, Solo Exhibition JamFactory, SA
RFC Glass Prize, touring exhibition, Glass Artists Gallery, NSW
Locate/relocate, Craftwest and touring regional Western Australia
Aroma, Solo Exhibition, Beaver Galleries, Canberra, ACT
Wagga Wagga National Art Glass Collection, Museum and Art Gallery of Tasmania,
Northern Territory Museum, Curtin University Collection
Neues Glas, New Glass Review 20
1997 Masters of Their Craft, Noris loannou
1995 Australian Studio Glass, The Movement, Its Makers and Their Art, Noris loannou
Smaller than life size, these hot water bottles invite a cosiness that evokes the nocturnal comforts of their rubber versions. The travel of a hot water bottle down the body during the nocturnal journey is reflected in the contour lines. Clare Belfrage subtly elucidates the role of this object as a source of our winter dreaming.