Emma Camden


New Zealand


Artist Statement


“My work has always had an autobiographical component. Life experiences inform my ideas and in turn are translated into my visual language. Even though the germ of the ideas start with a private event, they are universal feelings and often arise from the most basic of life’s experiences.


“Over the last five years I have been dealing with the death of a close relative, particularly the intense time we had together as she approached her death. My work has evolved in part as a response to our conversations during that time about belief in an afterlife. I have been working to resolve the dilemma between my scepticism about the human need to believe while seeing, during our last months together, the very real comfort such belief can offer someone nearing the end of their life.”


“Visually, I have brought together the architectural structure of the pyramid to represent an ancient culture’s belief in the afterlife, focusing on the passage that the Egyptians thought, allowed the soul to escape. Slowly, this form has mutated into a pyramid structure with the negative passage and the two solid components forming a negative cross, thus reflecting the modern religious symbol so important to Christians.”


“Finally, in my latest work the shape becomes a solid cross with twisted angles, some shaped like a pyramid, and the cross evolving into an abstract form, attempting to explore the dilemma of my own self doubt. The cross ideas are now forming a large idea base as I move from reflection on my personal loss to thinking about why humans need religion to justify conflicts and wars, and the needless waste of life they bring to our world.”


Education


1987 - 1990


B.A.(Hon’s), University of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England


1985 - 1986


Southampton Institute of Higher Education, Southampton, England


Professional Experience


2007


Tutor, Casting Workshop Christchurch, New Zealand


2006


Tutor, Pre-GAS Conference Casting Workshop and guest speaker, Alberta, Canada


2005


Tutor, Pre-GAS Conference Casting Workshop, Adelaide, Australia.


2003


Tutor, Aussglass, Casting Workshop, Perth, Australia.


2001


Tutor, Winter Arts School, Casting Workshop, Nelson, New Zealand


1998


Teaching Assistant: Patrick Martin, Casting Workshop, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood,


WA, U.S.A.


Solo Exhibition


2012


Filling the Void, AVID Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand


2010


Solid, Koru Contemporary Art, Hong Kong


2009


Luminaries, Sabbia Gallery Sydney, Australia


2008


With an Object in Mind, Gallery Thirty Three Wanaka, New Zealand


2007


Pacific Light, Chappell Gallery New York U.S.A


Something Remaining Solo Show, Avid Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand


2004


Shifting Balance, Quadrivium, Sydney, Australia


2003


Sculptures from the Land of the Long White Cloud, Aotearoa, New Zealand Bark Modern Art Gallery and Koru Contemporary Art, Hong Kong


2002


Vanilla’s Essence, Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand


Out of the Temple, Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand


2001


Bridge of Dreams - Solo Show, Friesen Gallery, Seattle, U.S.A.


2000


Home Sweet Home - Solo Show, Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand


1999


Recent Work - Solo Show, Form Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand


Insider/Outsider - Solo Show, Avid Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand


1998


Body of Glass - Solo Show, Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand


1997


The Glass House - Solo Show, Avid Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand


Group Exhibition


2012


Absent, Waiheke Community Art Gallery, New Zealand


2011


Laisee-10 Years of Koru Contemporary Art in Hong Kong


Fine Art Asia, Koru Contemporary Art, Hong Kong


Artwalk, Koru Contemporary Art, Hong Kong


2010


Fine Art Asia, Koru Contemporary Art, Hong Kong


Artwalk, Koru Contemporary Art, Hong Kong


2009


Art Singapore, Suntec Centre, Singapore


SOFA Santa Fa, Palette Contemporary Art and Craft, U.S.A.


Glass Works, Avid Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand


SOFA New York, Chappell Gallery, New York


2008


New Work, Masterworks Auckland, New Zealand


5 Year Anniversary, Form Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand


2007


SOFA Chicago, Chappell Gallery, New York, U.S.A.


Sabbia New Work, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney, Australia


Auckland Art Fair 2007, Auckland, New Zealand


Judith Anderson Gallery, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand


Encounter, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland, New Zealand


Palm Breach, Florida, Chappell Gallery, New York, U.S.A


2006


Form Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand


Norsewear Art Award Exhibition, Hawke’s Bay Exhibition Centre, Hastings, New Zealand


Contemporary Glass, Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand


2005


SOFA Chicago, Chappell Gallery, New York, U.S.A.


Transformations World Glass Today, Aptos Cruz Gallery, Adelaide, Australia


Glass Weekend ‘05, Wheaton Village, Chappell Gallery, New York


Sabbia: the Next Chapter, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney, Australia


New Zealand Glass, Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand


2004


Reflections, The Ranamok Winners Collection (1995-2003). Object Gallery,Australia


Southern Exposure, a survey of New Zealand Glass, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui,


New Zealand


Glass & Ceramics, Form Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand


New Zealand Glass in Taipei, Koru Contemporary Art, Hong Kong


2003


New Zealand in New York, Chappell Gallery, New York, USA


Axia Modern Art, Melbourne, Australia


2002


Glass Invitational, Milford Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand


Glass, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand


2001


2001 Levene Wanganui Arts, The Sargeant Gallery, Wanganui, New Zealand


Glass Lovers Weekend, Portia Gallery, New Jersey, U.S.A.


SOFA New York, Chappell Gallery, New York, U.S.A.


Festival Glass Show, Form Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand


Survey of New Zealand Glass, Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand


2000


Door to Door, Fisher Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand


FNSWR Sculpture 2000 and Auckland, New Zealand Garden Art


Buy/by Women, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, U.S.A.


2000 Levene Wanganui Arts, The Sargeant Gallery, Wanganui, New Zealand


Risk - Transformative Practices, Suter Gallery, Nelson & Dunedin Public Art Gallery


7th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition, University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu, U.S.A.


Millennium Medallions, City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand


Glass 2000, Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand


Kiln Glass, Avid Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand


1999


FNSWR, New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand


Contemporary Studio Glass Exhibition


Affordable Houses, Morgan Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, U.S.A.


Maritime Show, Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand


1998


SOFA, Portia Gallery, Chicago Exposition, U.S.A.


Intention and Object, Friesen Gallery, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A


From the Mould: The Dimensions of Cast Glass, Portia Gallery, Chicago, U.S.A.


AXIA Modern Art Editions Galleries, Melbourne, Australia


Looking Glass, The Red Gallery, Portsmouth, England


Casting Afresh, Form Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand


NZ Glass ‘98, Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand


1997


Art Glass ‘97, Editions Galleries, Australia


Coast to Coast, Uxbridge Arts Centre, New Zealand


Young Glass ‘97, Ebeltoft, Denmark


Tresors Fine Art Fair, Singapore


Royal Easter Show, Auckland, New Zealand


G.A.S. International Exhibition and Conference, Tucson, U.S.A.


Whakatane Summer Arts ‘97, Whakatane, New Zealand


Ausglass Members Exhibition, Sydney, Australia


Port of Seattle Pilchuck Glass Exhibition, Sea-Tac International Airport, Sea-Tac, Washington, U.S.A.


1996


Clear Thought, Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand


SOFA, Chicago Exposition, U.S.A.


Artex, Auckland, New Zealand


Winter Glass 1996, Celia Kennedy Gallery, Queenstown, New Zealand


Master Cast - Invited Artist, Glass Artists Gallery, Sydney, Australia


Bowling Along, Savode Gallery, Brisbane, Australia


Tresors Fine Art Fair, Singapore


Belvetro Glass Gallery, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.A.


1995


SOFA, Miami Exposition, Miami, Florida, U.S.A.


New Zealand Kiln Glass, Avid Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand


SOFA, Chicago Exhibition, U.S.A.


Emphasis on Small, Academy Summer Show, Wellington, New Zealand


Other Fish to Fry, Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand


Craft in the 90’s, Academy Show, Wellington, New Zealand


H2O, Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, Wellington, , New Zealand


Auckland Glass ‘95, Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand


1994


Craft Event, Mornington Peninsula, Australia


Ausglass Members Exhibition, Adelaide, Australia


The Gift Line, New Work Studio, Wellington, New Zealand


Emphasis on Small, Academy Summer Show, Wellington, New Zealand


The ICTV Gala Art Exhibition & Auction, Wallace Arts Trust, Auckland, New Zealand


The Glass Show, Cave Rock, Christchurch,, New Zealand


The Cutting Edge - 1994 Glass Exhibition, Wagga Wagga, Australia


Little Jewels AMBA (Art Marketing Board of Aotearoa), Wellington, New Zealand


1993


Recent Studio Glass, Fisher Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand


National Invitational Glass, Compendium Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand


Kiln Formed Glass, Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand


1992


Glass Show, Pumphouse, Auckland, New Zealand


Summer Show, Auckland Women’s Art Society, Auckland, New Zealand


Art in Craft Show, The Academy, Wellington, New Zealand


Craft Show, Pumphouse, Auckland, New Zealand


1990


Sunderland Degree Show, Royal College of Art, England


Sunderland BA Show, Backhouse Park, England


Awards & Grants


New Zealand Post Stamp Arts Meets Craft $1.30 Image of Towers


Molly Morpeth 3D Awards: Glass 08 Whakatane Museum and Gallery New Zealand


Norsewear Art Award, Hastings, New Zealand


Ranamok Glass Prize for Contemporary Glass Art, Sydney Australia


RFC Glass Prize, Sydney, Australia


Cleveland Art Award, Dunedin


Invercargill Licensing Trust Awards, Invercargill


Professional Development Grant, Creative NZ, Wellington, New Zealand


Pilchuck Glass School Scholarship, Stanwood, WA, U.S.A


Selected Collections


Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club, China


APEC Gift presented to President of the United States of America, Bill Clinton


Auckland City Museum, Applied Arts Collection, Auckland, New Zealand


Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, New Zealand


Ebeltost Museum, Ebeltost, Denmark


National Art Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga, Australia


Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia


Ta Papa, National Museum, Wellington, New Zealand


Wallace Arts Trust, Auckland, New Zealand


Palm Springs Art Museum, U.S.A


Selected bibliography


Lloyd-Jenkins, D. (2002) Must-See see-through by the Sea, Viva, New Zealand Herald, February 20, p 3


Lyndon-Brown, D. (1999) Sculpture, Grace magazine, pp 14-17


Sahl-Madsen, C. (1997) Young Glass Prize, Neues Glass, 2/97, p 30


Schamroth, H. (1996) Glass with Attitude, Craft Arts International, Issue 38, pp 24 -26


Schamroth, H. (1998) New Zealand Craft Artists, p 32


Shopland, A. (1996) Light Fantastic, The Listener, January 6-12, pp 40-41


Traub, D. (1999) New Glass - New Zealand, Glass Reflections, pp 8 -9


Warnock, A. (2002) As One Door Closes, New Zealand House & Garden, January, pp 171-176


Hammonds, L. (2003) Geometry and Structure, Craft Arts International, Issue 57, pp 37-39


Donson, G. (2006) Natural Light -Glass From The Pacific, Issue 66, pp 104-105


Daly-Peoples, J. (2007) Something Remaining, The National Business Review, June 22, p 47

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