Nicole Ayliffe graduated with 1st class Honours from the South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia in 2005. Nicole uses the optical qualities of glass to create a three-dimensional illusion of space within her work.
Nicole uses the optical qualities of glass to create a three-dimensional illusion of space within her work. The ‘Optical Landscape’ series combines both hot blown glass and photographic imagery. The black and white images reference the Australian landscape, and are highlighted by the refraction of light through the glass form. Many of the photographic images have been taken along the coastline of Australia, where she spends much of her time surfing and exploring the natural environment. She also finds inspiration in the repetition of line within the landscape, such as ploughed fields, the rows of vineyards or the furrowed lines on the surface of the sand. These types of reoccurring patterns respond particularly well with the thickness of the glass forms, creating movement, depth and distortion. This repetition of line within the landscape led to the development of the ‘Optical Drawing’ series, where she has drawn lines onto the glass form with coloured stringers of glass. Each glass piece is created with a different shape, thickness and form, creating a variation in optical qualities.