After completing a BA in Applied Arts with First Class Honours at Monash University in 2000 Cahill has been awarded numerous grants and prizes including Australia Council for the Arts New Work grants in 2002 and 2007 and the Bullseye By Design Award in 2001. In 2006 she established Locus Studio, a mixed media and kiln-forming collective, Surry Hills, Sydney from where she now practices fulltime and in 2008 she was awarded an 8 week artist residency at Northlands Creative Glass in Scotland. Lisa exhibits regularly nationally and internationally and her work can be found in The National Art Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery, NSW, Australia, The Ebeltoft Glass Museum, Denmark, and in the Northlands Creative Glass Collection, Lybster, Scotland.
Cahill uses a variety of techniques including etching, engraving, lathe working and carving through both opaque and transparent layers of glass. She is able to manipulate and control light revealing an intensity of colour and evoking notions of an ephemeral landscape.
Inspired by both the natural world and the transitory nature of the urban experience, Cahill’s dreamlike images allow viewers to draw associations with their own remembered landscapes, resulting in a meditative and or emotional response. Having spent many years living and travelling the world, much of this time spent in Denmark, her mother’s homeland, Cahill’s kiln formed glass connects structures of urban architecture, the associations and memories they invoke, and her innate respect for the natural landscape. Rather than a direct reproduction they are more her own interpretation of light and landscape and become a place for quiet contemplation.
“Lisa Cahill, treats the surface of glass as a canvas on which to ‘paint’ and etch abstract landscapes…The line between the built and natural environment is constantly suspended by the slightness of the figuration; as urban leitmotifs evaporate into ghostly vista’s.” writes Blanche Craig in Contemporary Glass. page 7 and 96-99, Black Dog Publishing, London UK 2008.