Date: 2014

Materials: cast lead-crystal glass

Size: H150mm x W250mm x D100mm (each piece)

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"Complex Simplicity" by Jane Cowie

  • B. Jane Cowie was commissioned by Keppel Land in 2011 to create a public artwork at the Ocean Financial Centre, Raffles Place CBD - "Complex Simplicity". Working with cast lead-crystal glass, stainless steel and marble composite materials, Cowie created an artwork illustrating the closely connected Singaporean multicultural society within which she now lives and works. The school of fish metaphor connects her ideas about culture and community, collaboration and consensus, as fundamental aspects for our survival as the human collective. Acknowledging that cultural ideas, symbols and practices are transmitted via writing, images, speech, gestures, ritual and by copying, the internet allows us to share and communicate our ideas to a much broader international community. Positive feedback and the spread of information through larger and more diverse groups means disparate individuals are making similar choices concurrently. Moving together like a school of fish, the global community ultimately becomes one entity that is much greater than the sum of its parts.


    B. Jane Cowie has been working with glass for over 30 years. After
    gaining a Visual Arts Degree at Sydney College of the Arts, Jane travelled extensively in the 1980s to learn more about art, glass and life. Returning to Australia in the 1990’s she played an important role in the development of contemporary craft in South Australia.
    Completing a Masters Degree in Visual Arts, A Glassmakers Perspective - History and Practice of studio glassmaking in South Australia at the University of South Australia, she moved to Singapore in 2003, to embark on a new adventure to see, learn and experience living and working in South East Asia. Continuing to develop her practice as an individual artist exhibiting in various galleries, Jane has predominately been working within the broader construction industry to design and develop large art installations, purpose-built for private and commercial spaces.