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Biography: Jessica Loughlin

Jessica Loughlin
Jessica Loughlin

Jessica Loughlin is known for her understated approach to kiln-formed glass. Her artworks prompt a meditative reverie influenced by her fascination with the beauty of emptiness. Her work is characterized by strict reductive sensibility and restricted use of color. Fusing kiln-formed sheets of opaque and translucent glass together in flat panels or thin geometric freestanding pieces, she alludes to shadow, reflection and refraction. Since graduating from Canberra School of Art in 1997, Loughlin has worked as an independent studio artist, exhibiting in international and national exhibitions. In 2007, she co-founded Gate 8 Workshop, a not-for-profit organization that provides space for local professional artists. She has been Acting Head of Glass at South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia, and continues to lead master class workshops in Australia and overseas. Her work has been awarded the Tom Malone Art Prize in both 2004 and 2007, the Ranamok prize in Australia, and she has been recognized as 'Outstanding New Artist in Glass' by Urban Glass. She regularly exhibits in Australia, the US, and Europe, and her work is part of major public collections around the world including National Gallery of Australia, The Corning Museum of Glass, Mobile Museum of Art in Alabama, MUDAC Lausanne, Switzerland, and Victorian and Albert Museum, London, UK.