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Glass and metal ‘blooms’ in the exhibition.
THE Canberra Glassworks took an early leap into spring last night with the opening of “A profusion of blooms: An exhibition” by B. Jane Cowie.

Cowie, an Australian glass artist who has based her studio practice and business, “Art Glass Solutions”, in Singapore for many years, uses flowers as symbols of femininity, love and fragility, and this exhibition is unusual in being on a more domestic scale, as she creates a profusion of blooms.

“I explore ideas of self with material normally used in the process of glass making, creating finished temporal works to unpack and explore something of the experience of my life as an artist,” Cowie says.

For her Asian clients, Cowie has been more inclined towards large-scale installations, such as her 2008-9 work called “Enchanting”, set on the ground floor of the Merrill Lynch building opposite the ferry terminal in HarbourFront Place Singapore. Consisting of a field of gigantic glass flowers waving in the breeze, that work was designed by Cowie but executed with the help 15 of glass artists at Canberra Glassworks, arriving back in Singapore with not a single petal broken.

Cowie has also spent years undertaking commissions in China, such as for big hotel chains.

Working with larger teams of glassmakers, clients, designers and architects, Cowie has contributed to the built environment by designing, making and installing artworks and large art glass installations that are purpose built for private and commercial spaces, all the while developing her practice as an individual artist.

“A profusion of blooms,” Canberra Glassworks, Wentworth Ave Kingston, until October 21.

Jane Cowie, “With & Without: Intensive Workshop”, Glassworks, October 17-21. Bookings to eventbrite.com.au

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