Transparent, lucent glass vessels stand, containers of thought and reflections upon the materiality and ubiquity of water. Referencing the scientific, its apparatus, they invite observation and contemplation of the liquids contained within. Clear and odourless, each reveal a reflection, a vertical flow of ideas.
View with lucidity and intuition
1999 Sculptural Objects Functional Art, New York 1999, Chappell Gallery, USA
Canberra Glass, Chappell Gallery, Boston, USA
1998 Venezia Aperto Vetro 1998, Istituto Statale d’Arte, Venice, Italy
Talente ‘98, Munich, Germany
Awards And Prizes
1999 The Thomas Foundation Professional Pilchuck Scholarship
1998 Peter & Lena Karmel Anniversary Award for Art
ACT Arts Development Funding Program Grant
David Thomas Foundation Travelling Grant
1997 The Australian National University Acquisition Award
The Chief Minister’s Award, ACT Legislative Assembly
Jacqueline Gropp's vessels speak a scientific precision. Ornate structures indicate complex laboratory procedures. A closer look, however, reveals devices for 'dousing', a technique of water divining that is subject to ridicule by scientists. Like homeopathy, there is little evidence or logic for its existence. However, Gropp grants this a poetic meaning by association with other 'hidden' waters, such as underground reserves and the aqueous solution through which the entire world is made visible -- the eyeball.