Colleen Ryan-Priest is a glass artist who has worked in kiln-cast glass for the past 10 years. She is specifically drawn to the transparency and refractive qualities of glass, providing a multi-faceted view into and beyond the ‘surface’.
She works in on both smaller ‘indoor’ pieces as well as large outdoor sculptural works. Larger works utilise steel and ‘found’ glass to satisfy a need to take ‘fragile’ glass outside.
The meaning of her work is grounded in her environmental, political, social and ‘sense of place’ from her previous career as a landscape architect. Design work in remote landscapes such as Antarctica has provided an insight into the geological processes of our landscape and the social relationships of people and their environment.
Her work has been selected for major national exhibitions throughout New Zealand and Australia. Exhibitions and invitations include the following: finalist in Ranamok 2008, Sculpture on Shore 2008, 2010, Sarjeant Gallery Exhibition ‘Looking Glass; Reflecting Ideas’ and Stoneleigh Sculpture in the Gardens Outdoor Exhibition 2009. Colleen’s installation at the Stoneleigh Exhibition ‘Caught in the Act of Losing You – Sporadanthus ferrugineus’ was awarded Friends of the Garden Acquisition Prize and is now part of their permanent public outdoor sculpture collection.