This is Eileen Gruen's profile page. It contains her artist's statement, and a CV of her previous work.

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Eileen Gruen

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Artist's Statement

That most promising and dangerous of creatures, the human being, fascinates me endlessly. The development of consciousness, how humans use intellect to organize their perceptions of the unknown, and the variety of human response to issues are all intriguing.

In my art, I often include the tools and products of that intellect: words, diagrams, maps, ships, buildings, and tools both ancient and modern. They symbolize my struggle to make sense of existence and the occasional, disastrous urge to master it. They and the human face and form are typically layered over and under chaos.

I try to incorporate my own concerns, such as environmental issues and erosion of a sense of community, but to incorporate them so subtly that viewers attach their own meanings.

As a sculptor, different materials have different atmospheres for me, such as clay from the earth, metals which have played such a role in human history, and slick, modern plastics. But glass, with its capacity to reveal or distort, to reflect or conceal, and to illuminate or confuse, seems to me to be an ideal metaphor for the human condition.

Casting glass by the lost wax process has been frustrating, time-consuming, and very rewarding. I am now finding possibilities in layering panels of glass upon which imagery and color are fused. In this two-dimensional vein, I am also exploring the textures and colors possible on a painted surface.

Curriculum Vitae



Education (art-related)

  • 2001-2004 - Diploma of Visual Arts, Box Hill Institute of TAFE; sculpture major Extra courses include handbuilding in ceramics and printmaking.
  • 1994-2000 - Significant workshops include:
    • Life Sculpture with Matcham Skipper
    • Life drawing with artists associated with the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School
    • Art glass casting, slumping, painting, polishing and blowing with Ian Mowbray and Ursula Huth, Brenda Page, Pauline Delaney, Pam Stadus, Helen Stokes, Linda Blanche,Virginia Young, Liz Lyons (US)
    • Bronze casting with Alan Browne and Alan Knell

Education (non-art-related)

  • BA(hon) Oberlin College USA, PhD Cornell University USA, DipEd U. of Melbourne

Solo Exhibition

  • 2006 - Humanity One, Red Gallery, Fitzroy N., Vic.

Group Exhibitions

  • 2013 - Woman's Business, Cambridge Studio Gallery
  • 2011 - Primavera, Cambridge Studio Gallery
  • 2010 - Connections, Cambridge Studio Gallery
  • 2009 - Life, Love and Laughter, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood
  • 2008 - Beyond the Gate, 69 Smith St Gallery, Fitzroy, Vic.
  • 2007 - Journeys, 69 Smith Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Vic.
  • 2006 - Enduring Passions, Cusp Gallery, Northcote, Vic.
  • 2005 - Montalto Sculpture Prize exhibition, Red Hill South, Vic. (Selected)
  • 2005 - Works from Keating, Jackson, Gruen, C-Cubed Visual Arts Space, Balwyn, Vic.
  • 2004 - Just Prints, C-Cubed Visual Arts Space, Balwyn, Vic.
  • 2004 - Synchro, An Exhibition of Media, Design, and Art, Gordon Gallery, Geelong, Vic.
  • 2004 - Montalto Sculpture Prize exhibition, Red Hill South, Vic (Selected)
  • 2004 - Yarra Valley Grammar Art Exhibition, Ringwood, Vic.
  • 2004 - Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School Art Exhibition, Warranwood, Vic.
  • 2003 - Beneath the Surface, 4cats Gallery, Abbotsford, Vic.
  • 2003 - Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition, Yering Station Winery, Yarra Glen, Vic.
  • 2003 - Departure Lounge, Manningham Gallery, Doncaster, Vic
  • 2002 - Box Hill Visual Arts Graduate Show, Open Space Gallery at Eckersleys, Melbourne
  • 2002 - Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School Art Exhibition, Warranwood, Vic.
  • 2001 - Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School Painting Exhibition, Warranwood, Vic.


  • 2005 - Montalto Sculpture Prize, Finalist
  • 2004 - Montalto Sculpture Prize, Finalist
  • 2004 - Box Hill TAFE Centre Manager's Mid Year Award, Special Mention
  • 2003 - Yering Sculpture Prize, Shortlisted

Work sold to private collections in Victoria, New South Wales, and U.K.