2016 Finalist – Mel Douglas

Wove. Weave. Weaving, 2016 
blown, cold worked and engraved glass, 310 x 310 x 310 each
Photo: Stuart Hay

Established Artist Category Finalist

Mel Douglas has achieved great success in the sixteen years since graduating from the renowned glass program at the Australian National University School of Art in Canberra. She has held many group and solo exhibitions in Australia, the United States, Italy and Singapore. Douglas’ glass has been featured

in numerous international publications and is included in many museum collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York. Her delicate, subtle work has earned Douglas many grants and awards including the 2002 Ranamok Glass Prize, the 2007 International Young Glass Award, Ebeltolft and the 2014 Tom Malone Glass Prize. The slow, steady process of creating each piece is integral to the reading of Douglas’ work. The evidence of process is apparent in each blown and painstakingly engraved object. She seeks to focus the viewer’s attention on the proportion and linear relationships of the work. Each line is a unique mark influenced by the object’s physical shape and surface; it is a contour, a stroke, an outline. The repetitious and time-consuming method of mark making is not only a meditative process; in its very creation it describes a singular moment and a certain place.

“Objects and drawings are often thought of as two separate entities. My work explores and interweaves the creative possibilities of this hybrid space, where the form is not just a ‘canvas’ for drawing; but a three-dimensional drawing itself. Using the unique qualities of the material, and the rich potential of mark making on and with glass, I am using line as a way to inform, define and enable three-dimensional space.”