Annette Blair’s glass sculptures explore the ideas of identity and personal narrative. Exploring the transparency of glass, Annette’s ‘Still life’ series uses collections of objects as the canvas, painting layers within the piece. Works from her ‘As You Left It’ series capture scenes from around the house, preserving groups of simple objects underneath a dome as “precious reminders of the hands that held them.” The artist says of her work: “I am interested in how we associate people with everyday domestic objects and how these forms have an ability to evoke a common or shared nostalgia. By using these familiar items from the home, shed and garden I attempt to engage the viewer, bringing their own experiences to the work, while at the same time, removing and preserving their simple functions.” Although she draws from her own nostalgia, Annette expresses universal qualities of character captured within her exquisite glass sculptures.
Annette Blair graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours from the Canberra School of Art at the Australian National University. Since graduating Annette has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions in Sydney, Adelaide and Canberra. She was selected as a finalist for the Ranamok glass prize in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2012.