Reflections (24 June - 11 September 2016) featured nine internationally renowned glass artists who created new works at the Canberra Glassworks in response to the art, architecture and landscape of Australia's Parliament House. The exhibition further explored one of Romaldo Giurgola’s original concepts in the planning and design of the Parliament House building, which was to honour the best skills and craftsmanship in Australia.
Each artist spent time touring the building and gardens and engaging with works in the Parliament House Art Collection to provide inspiration for their works. The finished works were shown side-by-side with an accompanying piece from the Parliament House Art Collection. Participating artists were Annette Blair, Lisa Cahill, Mel Douglas, Hannah Gason, Jeremy Lepisto, Ruth Oliphant, Emilie Patteson, Kirstie Rea and Harriet Schwarzrock.
The architectural vision for the Great Hall was that it would convey a sense of the Australian land, emphasising the importance of the physical environment in shaping Australian values. Arthur Boyd was approached to conceive of a work of art for the Great Hall. His painting, Untitled (Shoalhaven Landscape) 1984, ultimately became the design for the tapestry.
The subject of Boyd’s painting is the dense forest of eucalypts in the Shoalhaven River valley, where he lived for many years. The Shoalhaven landscape was the inspiration for many of Boyd’s paintings, where he sought to capture its colour and light, as well as the unique quality of its wooded banks. Boyd’s design emphasises the immensity of the landscape, with the horizon obscured and the trees continuing both above and below the canvas, and to each side.
Untitled (after Boyd) 2016, is a combined response to Boyd’s painting and Hannah's own experience of the Australian landscape. Untitled (after Boyd) brings together colour, light, line and pattern to reflect a sense of place. The Great Hall tapestry is made from dyed yarns, carefully matched by Boyd to his painting. In reflecting his painting in glass, Hannah used coloured glass threads to construct abstract imagery. In pursuit of a harmonious balance, the work interweaves geometric order with the organic imagery in the glass.