About Richard Whiteley

I started working in glass as a apprentice within a stained glass workshop at the age of 16. I then obtained an undergraduate degree from the School of Art of the Australian National University, majoring in glass, followed by an MFA from the University of Illinois, majoring in Sculpture. After several years of teaching and studio based work, I am back in Canberra as Head of the Glass Workshop at the School of Art and run my practice from a studio in Queanbeyan.

My practice is centered on cast glass and I explore negative structures and suggested forms within glass solids. I am interested in the physical and conceptual possibilities of space. My works explore space and I use glass as a substrate to structure and layer voided forms so they can be read as illuminated positives. I explore the inherent duality this translucent material invites and am interested in how punctuated ruptures fold the forms back on themselves.

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