Kirstie Rea is an award-winning, full-time studio artist who lives and works in Australia. Kirstie has been widely lauded for her spare, minimal work, which is included in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. In 2009, Rea received the Lifetime Achievement Award from AusGlass, the Australian Association of Glass Artists.
Her work explores the process for an artist of gathering - gathering ideas and inspiration. Kirstie’s work is particularly inspired by nature and the experience of outside space. Her latest works present a combining of senses and the relationship between earth, air and sky. Ideas are abstracted and forms reduced but are still enlivened by light, energy and emotion. Prior to this Kirstie’s works in steel and glass aimed at capturing the existence of the presence of a liminal space between the inside to the outside and the moment of crossing that threshold. These works reduce inside space to basic architectural forms in steel.