Matthew Curtis’s large-scale glass sculpture has been internationally exhibited for over fifteen years. His geometric, organic, and architectural forms are created from multiple glass and steel elements. Spaces are defined by the glass facets and molten edges in these arching and reaching objects. This work draws upon an ongoing fascination with structures of biological growth, and architecture of microscopic organic forms that are enlarged and transformed. Blown glass, colored oxides, and steel components are assembled, carved and lathe-worked as a whole. The regularity and irregularity of these components create an internal structure within the larger form. Transparencies of the colors fade and gather intensity depending on the thickness of the glass.
Curtis’s structures invite the viewer to contemplate an illusory experience of discovery and moment of wonder, reflecting upon the complexity of the natural world. By using glass elements to create these large sculptures, a dynamic tension becomes evident. This material which is perceived as fragile is juxtaposed with the constructed scale, and the viewer is invited to accept one’s own vulnerabilities and strengths.
Born in Luton, England, in 1964, Matthew Curtis moved to Australia in 1981. He began his journey as a glassmaker in 1991, assisting Robert Wynne at Denizen Glass through 1998 while developing his own projects. After winning the People’s Choice award for the RFC prize, Matthew was awarded a solo exhibition. Since then, is work has been widely collected in many private and public collections including Saxe collection at the De Young Museum; The Ernsting Stifting Museum, Coesfeld, Germany; Wagga Wagga, National Glass Collection, Australia and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.