Emma Varga (Australia)

My work was always influenced by the environment.

Since graduating I travelled to remote places untouched by man, from the high mountains in Europe to the far north of Norway. When I arrived in Australia in 1995 I was overwhelmed with the vibrant colours and light so unlike my homeland.

This fired my imagination to make a series of colourful glass sculptures based on the beautiful foliage that surrounded me.

In recent years escalating global warming prompted me to travel to Antarctica to find inspiration for a body of work I made to further raise awareness and contribute to the global conversation.

I was completely mesmerised by the beauty and serenity of the frozen continent, the vast array of ice surfaces, turquoise and blue shining from the depth of ice through translucent white surfaces, clarity of ocean revealing submerged parts of icebergs, a rare appearance of ice crystals.

I continue to make works in this series as well as panels and sculptures inspired by Australia’s Great Barrier Reef but focussed on bleaching of coral reefs and human impact on the environment.

Carmine Sunset (unavailable)
FireBush Ruby Red & Fuchsia (unavailable)
Ada November (unavailable)