INTERNATIONALLY renowned glass blower Clare Belfrage’s body of work will be on display at the Millicent Gallery as part of the national ‘A Measure of Time’ tour.
The gallery is one of just 11 sites across the country selected to exhibit the exhibition which will run from February 13 to March 27 and will celebrate the achievements of the artist, her significant national and international profile and considerable influence in the field.
In addition, the gallery will host a conversation with Art Gallery of South Australia assistant director artistic programs Dr Lisa Slade and Ms Belfrage on February 21.
Millicent Gallery curator Janice Nitschke said negotiations to secure the exhibition started three years ago, with the Limestone Coast hosting the final leg of Ms Belfrage’s Australian tour.
“We are very lucky to have a renowned artist such as Clare Belfrage display her work at the Millicent Gallery and we are one of 11 galleries across Australia who have been selected to host it,“ she said.
The South Australian artist, considered to be the state’s best glassmith, is known for her distinctive artworks in which complex patterns of fine glass lines trace her forms.
The characteristically fluid lines that are found throughout Ms Belfrage’s works are part of a technical breakthrough involving the artist’s innovative use of fine glass rods known as stringers.
The resulting surface has an almost textile-like quality akin to those produced by knitting and weaving.
As very few glass artists have extended their knowledge and experimented with the practical application of drawing with stringers as much as Ms Belfrage, the artist is widely regarded as an ardent pioneer and innovative developer of the technique.