NC Qin

NC Qin’s sculptural practice examines the human psyche and seeks to express abstract emotional experiences in visual analogies. Through the medium of cast glass, she connects the process of material creation and engagement with evolutionary desires to grow and master our circumstances. Using repetitive imagery of ballet, she explores the idea of ‘becoming’ – the gradual and steady steps necessary to reach for the ideal. And with her Armour series, she delves into emotions – targeting those of pride and wrath, how they are perceived in the Chinese culture and explores the defence/coping mechanisms that are commonly used, their effectiveness and how they relate to the overall human experience. In her work, she often refers to Chinese cultural and historical values that are informed by Taoist philosophy and practice.

Graduating from SCA with a Bachelors in Visual Arts in 2015, NC Qin is a Sydney based artist who has exhibited around Australia in institutional and artist run spaces including Wagga Wagga National Glass Art Museum, Griffith Regional Art Gallery, Fisher Library, Rookwood Cemetery’s HIDDEN walk and 541 Art Space and most recently she was a finalist in the National Emerging Art Glass Prize 2018.

She currently works in Studio 4 as a glass artist, educator and assistant to Kate Baker, aiming to master the glass craft and exploring new ways to bring a traditionally craft based medium into the broader dialogue of contemporary art – discovering a place for glass to contribute with its unique voice.