In Depth: Joanna Bone with Aaron Micallef
Opens 9 November 2016 to 15 January 2017
Artists Joanna Bone and Aaron Micallef have collaborated in hot glass and shared studio space in Brisbane for the past four years. While Aaron is born and bred in Queensland, Joanna chose Brisbane as her new home after emigrating from the UK in 2002 – a move that brought her closer to one of her key sources of inspiration, the Great Barrier Reef. Joanna Bone is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London and one of Queensland’s foremost glass artists. Her work is internationally recognised and is held in prominent collections including the Australian National Glass Collection (Wagga Wagga) and the Film Museum of Tehran, as well as numerous private collections around the world. Joanna is the only Queensland-based artist to have won the prestigious Ranamok Glass Prize for Australian and New Zealand artists. Joanna has an established record in delivering unique glass trophy and award pieces on budget and deadline, including commissions to design and create the Asia Pacific Screen Awards trophy vessels for the last nine years.
Aaron Micallef is an emerging glass artist with hot glass experience acquired in the UK and Australia. His hot glass practice is complemented by photography, reinterpreting glass through the camera lens. Aaron has an established career in Chemistry academia and brings this knowledge and experience to his glass practice. One of his recent works in the glass/photography crossover was selected as a finalist piece in the prestigious 2016 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize.
Shared and complementary aesthetic approaches contribute to the success of Aaron and Joanna’s working partnership. In addition to directly collaborating in making glass, they are involved in a synergistic cycle of inspiration and re-inspiration, bouncing ideas and inspiration off each other, to give a total that is greater than the sum of their individual works.
Exhibition Opening: 6pm 11 November (part of the Inner South Arts Hub Art After Dark 2016 program)
Gallery Floor Talk: 2pm 12 November
Image: Aaron s. Micallef