Bronwyn Sargeson is an artist who lives and works on Ngunnawal/Ngambri Country (Canberra). Bronwyn majored in glass at the Australian National University and continues to work with the material from her studio at the Canberra Glassworks. Bronwyn utilises glass to create compositions that reference bodily forms, abstract medical procedures, and challenge the expectations of beauty associated with glass.
Reimagining medical procedures, interventions, and associated apparatus, her work seeks to transform the experiences of a wounded body into moments of wonder and playful exploration. Glassblowing is a method that allows the artist to be present in the moment of transformation and through active engagement with the material, seeks to intervene in the same way medical procedures are performed on the human body. Drawing together amorphic forms conceived through breath, motion, and manipulation; glass is interrupted, pierced, distorted, held, or encased. Encountering the final work, the viewer witnesses the careful reconstruction of symbiosis between the body and the external components it is dependent upon. Challenging notions of beauty often associated with glass, these installations capture the dissonance between distress and awe, between the body as personal or medical, seeking to realise the potential for transformation in these moments of pain.
Images: Photography by Brenton McGeachie
Image1: intravenomous, 2021 blown glass, blown and kiln formed glass, rubber tube
Image 2: circularene, 2022 blown glass, blown and kiln formed glass, rubber tube