“Works appreciated for their beauty and emotional power”: artwork by Eva Breckon-Thomas (mixed media) and Mia Karlsson (glass).
Eva was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and has been a permanent resident of Australia for the largest part of her life. For 20 years she has worked as an artist in various capacities – initially as a musician, a composer and a teacher. During her active musical career Eva performed in Australia, the UK and USA, as well as recording a number of albums of her own compositions.
In recent years her interest has turned to visual arts. Instead of improvising on the keyboard, she started to improvise, or in her words, ‘jam’, on the canvas.
This magnetic force of one form of art over another has been resonant throughout Eva’s life. Eva now paints with acrylics, soft pastels and at times whatever is at hand: always passionate, honest and straight from the heart. Her works are contemporary and probing – with an underlying message.
Mia was born in Finland but was educated in ancient glass blowing (hand made, mouth-blown) craft in Kosta, Sweden. She operates currently on the Gold Coast, Queensland.
“What drives me is the challenge it presents attempting to create an appealing object out of a molten substance which is soft and runny like syrup one moment and hard as a lump of arctic ice the next, yet always hundreds of degrees too hot to allow you to shape it directly with your hands. It is, and I believe always will remain, a fascinating process for me.
To me glass blowing is a true and honest vocation and I feel that there is an importance in preserving such an age-old tradition, especially in a fast-paced society where hard-earned trades that require years of patience and practice to master seem to struggling for their existence.”