Elizabeth Swinburne

Elizabeth Swinburne's most recent body of work explores ideas of subtle progression, growth and absence. It is important that the viewer can have a sense of recognition rather than one of exclusion. With their first look they can see 'seeds' or 'eggs' and from that starting point can begin a journey in their own imaginations. The objects are familiar - reminding one perhaps of the eggs of caterpillars discovered on the underside of a leaf or of the empty cocoon of a butterfly. Yet the works raise as many questions as they answer. What has emerged from these waxy shells of fragile glass? Was it beautiful or ugly, benign or harmful? Of course the 'thing' that has escaped or hatched from the work is the artists breath.

1981 to 1983 Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam
1977 to 1981 Middlesex Polytechnic, London

Selected exhibitions
2008 'Skin Deep', Fort Asperen, Netherlands
Glass Inspiration, Burgdorf, Switzerland
'Voices:Glas uit de collectie Dirk Schrijvers', Design Museum Gent    Galerie Rossella Junck, Berlin, DE
'New Members', Contemporary Applied Arts, London 
2007 'collect 2007', V&A, London, UK
'A vase is a vase', A&D Gallery Antwerp 
2006  'Fragile Connections', Leon Salet Galerie, Maastricht, NL (two person)
'Denmarken/Nedeland Glas', St. Joseph Galerie, Leeuwarden, NL
'Reflections', Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland
'Northern Lights', Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
'Niewe Garde en Jong Gasten', Museum v d Togt, Netherlands
'Glasroute Lier', Belgium  
'3rd Coburger Glaspreis', Coburg, Germany
'Crosstalk', Stellenbosch Univerity Art Gallery, South Africa
'Collect 2006', V&A, London, UK
2005 'A vase is a vase is a vase', A&D Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
The Gallery of Fine Craft, Wheaton Village, Millville, NJ, USA 
'co[]ect 2005', V&A, London, UK
2004  The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa 2004, Japan
Municipal Museum, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Gallery Uvegpiramis, Budapest, Hungary
Gallery Neusser, Vienna, Austria 
“Vitreous Matters”, Sylvia Schmidt Gallery, New Orleans, USA
Museum van der Togt, Amstelveen
International Exhibition of Glass, Kanazawa, Japan
Leon Salet, Maastricht, Netherlands
Braggiotti Gallery, Amsterdam
2003 View 5, Waterford Arts Center, Ireland
Braggiotti Gallery, Amsterdam
Kunstpaviljoen, Niewe Roden, Netherlands
Cultureel Centrum Corrosia, Almere Haven, Netherlands
De Kopermolen, Vaals, Netherlands
Kasteel Horn, Netherlands

Public Collections
Veste Coburg, Coburg, Germany
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Tutsek Foundation, Germany
The Museum of Glass, CGCA, Wheaton Village, Philadelphia, USA
The International Design Center Ishikawa, Japan
Museum van der Togt, Amstelveen, Netherlands
Ulster Museum, National Museums of Ireland, Belfast, Ireland
Glasmuseum Leerdam, Netherlands
Musée du Verre, Sars Poteries, France
North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, Scotland
Ernsting Foundation Alter Hof Herding, Germany
Museum of Applied Arts, Prague, Czech Republic
Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Japan
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England  
Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf, Germany 
Frauenau Museum of Glass, Germany
Broadfield House Glass Museum, West Midlands, England.
Pilkington Glass Museum, St Helens, England
Ebeltoft Glass Museum, Denmark






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