“Our Identities as individuals and how we connect with new places, as we move from one geographic location to another is deeply personal.” Lisa Havilah
My work explores metaphors that describe my identity and connections to place through reconnecting with the landscape of my country of birth. I am concerned with finding the meaning in absence and presence through developing an authentic connections to place. Through exploring materiality and pushing the glass outside its traditional use in vessals I explore the limitations and possibilities of the material. My current research topics deal with notions of identity and duality, psychological fragility and connections to place.
Ursula Halpin is an emerging artist working within glass, sculpture, printmaking, drawing and curatorial practice. Born in Dublin, Ireland, she studied Bachelor of Fine Art in the Galway and Mayo Institute of Technology, on the west coast of Ireland and developed an interest in printmaking and drawing. After moving to Australia she completed a Bachelor in Visual Art with a Specialisation in Glass at the University of South Australia.
As well as an emerging practicing artist, studio assistant and emerging curator, Ursula is a teaching assistant in the glass department at the University of South Australia and has worked with artist and educators Chris Boha, Gabriella Bisetto and Kirstie Rea in Foundation Glass, Casting, Kiln-forming and Kiln-casting, and Cold Processes from 2010 -2012. Ursula works as casual studio assistant to international glass artist and educator Dr. Gerry King. She has also worked with many national and international glass artists including Hong Kong artist and teacher Dr. Sunny Wang and Canadian artist Julia Remier as well as a Gallery Assistant at the newly formed Fontanelle Gallery in Bowden, Adelaide and is also completing a curatorial internship at the University of South Australia Research based SASA Gallery.
In January 2011, Ursula was awarded a Helpmann Academy Grant to attend the Ausglass Conference ‘Peripheral Vision’, was the recipient of the inaugural Linda Lou Murphy Scholarship in March 2011, by the University of South Australia and was awarded a major projects grant by the Helpmann Academy in September 2011 towards funding and curating the University of South Australia's Visual Arts Graduate Exhibition at the end of that year. In 2012, as the president of the UniSA Visual Art Club Ursula was granted funding by the University of South Australia to assist in engaging non art students in visual art and has recently been awarded a Helpmann Academy Grant towards attending the 2013 Ausglass conference in Wagga Wagga.
Attending regular master classes form a large and important part of Ursula’s artistic practice and she has attended master classes in Cold Construction with Associate Professor Jiyong Lee in 2012, Cold working workshops with artists Mel Douglas in 2012 and Cathy Elliot at the Jam Factory in 2011.
Member of Glass Arts Society, Ausglass, Craft South, NAVA.
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