The vessels are based on endangered parrot species throughout the world – this is the last one we have left and it portrays the Manilata Macaw. The Red Bellied Macaw, Orthopsittaca manilata, which is a medium sized, mainly green parrot.It is the only species of Orthopsittaca, and it does not have any subspecies. It is a resident bird in tropical South America, from Columbia south to Peru and central Brazil. Its habitat is forest and swamp with Moriche Palms, their life revolves soley around this species of palm tree. It has been adversely affected by clearing of the palms for use as posts or to allow cattle ranching and they are also captured for the pet trade.
The abstractions in my blown glass sculptures result from an investigation into biodiversity and the use of symbols
The primary symbols in these works are taken from parrot and bird of paradise species, including some extinct species, and the colour sequences that occur in their plumage. Bird species are in population decline due to habitat loss right across their range.
Abstraction as a means of expression is important to me due to the individuality of it countering the dominant sameness considered a desirable conformist norm of our broader society. I only create a very limited number of works that in themselves are quite rare.
Hart’s blown glass sculptures begin as a thick bubble of clear glass on the end of a blowpipe and are followed by multiple layers of glass trails and fritted glass, additional layers of clear glass and plunged into an optic mould to create texture and rhythmic patterns. The glass in a molten state is stretched and twisted onto the clear bubble much like making a gesture with a loaded brush. The finished forms will have been flattened and squared up to give two vaguely two dimensional surfaces like a traditional painting
Noel Hart was born in 1955 in Geelong, Australia. He received his Diploma of Fine Art and Design in 1975 from the Gordon Institute of Technology also in Geelong, Australia.
In 1989, Hart retreated to the dense rainforest in Australia with the desire to be outnumbered by other species, especially the birds which now provide the stimulus and inspiration for his current work in blown glass. His profound interest in the diversity of animal and plant life in the surrounding environment is reflected in the versatile range of his work. His passion and involvement in photography, theatre and painting over the years has created an added dimension of design and form to his view of art.
Hart’s first experience with glass came from an invitation from well known Australian glass artist, Colin Heaney to work as a designer, photographer and sculpture fabricator in Heaney’s glass blowing facility. Since then he has created many of his own unique designs and techniques and has built on the accumulated knowledge of over 2,000 years of glass blowing. His methods to some artists are somewhat unorthodox and have a sort of idiosyncratic approach to the medium. It is because of his diversified art background that he is able to envision ways of working with glass that no other artist has attempted.