* Elizabeth Kelly | Stanley Street Gallery

* Elizabeth Kelly

Represented by Stanley Street Gallery

My work in glass over the last 20 years has focussed on industrial handling processes of pressing and centrifuging to design works repeated in production incorporating a specific (largely transparent) colour range. During the last decade I have focussed on the composition of elements to construct larger objects, moving from utilitarian objects to a sculptural emphasis that still incorporates industrial methods of production but strongly draws from theoretical research for inspiration. This approach is informed by my work across other platforms prior to bringing this intent into my materially specific work.

I have always enjoyed changing scale; micro to macro cosmic observation has a way of changing perspective, and tailors to the aptness of purpose, and sets challenges in resolution of any work.

In these intricate iterations of cast, assembled and cold finished works my point of departure is the examination the origins of abiogenetic life and elemental organic geometry as inspiration. The theory of abiogenesis examines how the natural process of life has arisen from non-living matter, such as simple organic compounds. Furthermore I am examining chirality or the asymmetry of chemical structures in the triggering of growth sequences, elemental in the understanding of what trips this potential ‘life’ switch. Mindful of these chemical processes, my work has a strong serendipitous affinity with marine invertebrates, realised through compositions of rhythmic sequences.

In the large scaled work of Steel and Marmalade my inspiration has been the helical forms of viruses, and is one in a series of large towers in collected by th Parliament House of Australia, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery permanent glass collection and the Lommel City Hall permanent glass collection in Belgium.

Lastly my commissioned window works around Canberra respond to collaborative approach to the architect, clients, and other artists; most notably windows for the Australian Centre on China in the World at ANU, and new buildings at Daramalan College, ACT.

 Elizabeth Kelly

Macrocosmia by Elizabeth Kelly

"Organic structures that take the most expedient path of formation have been my primary research for the last decade.” A perfect paring of art and science, Artist Elizabeth Kelly's work centres around her observations of the helical coils of viruses, and the chiral signature of initial cellular life forms; and in this body of work Kelly has created sculptures that most resemble pollen grains.

Commencing her research into these structures in 2011, meeting Dr Ralph Sutherland, a theoretical astrophysicist in early 2012. Kelly built a series of models based on the spherical geometry which Dr Sutherland programmed for her so as to establish that the rudimentary premise of the research was correct in real space.

To draft and construct glass pressing moulds they worked with a skilled fitter and turner, following a lengthy process in 2013 Kelly was able to press the componentry in a series of studio generated glass colours for 3D composition.

For assembly Dr Sutherland developed armatures by building a 3D printer in order to keep the spherical geometry true to the mathematical model, and they have collaborated on producing elements that suited the methodology of construction over the last two years. This technology was not available when the project commenced and it must be stated that this type of lengthy research is still cost prohibitive through commercial channels.

The sculptures measure 75cm in diameter (spheres) and weigh approximately 100kg each, and have fabricated metal frames so that the sculptures stand 1.85 m high.

"As the artist I could not have completed this work without co-operation of either the scientist or engineer, however neither of those parties would have laid thought to manifest objects such as these. It has been an extra-ordinary collaborative process and demonstrates a great willingness across fields to explore with curiosity a new body of work.” Elizabeth Kelly


Elizabeth Kelly glass - Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Available Work 



Solo Exhibitions

Tangents - 2nd November – 26th November 2016


Group Exhibitions

PopUp Exhibition - 31st May – 10th June 2017

Salon of Infectious Ideas - 8th June – 2nd July 2016


Elizabeth Kelly CV & Statement (PDF)