Finalist – Mel Douglas

Borderline, 2017
Kiln formed and cold worked glass, 1400h x 1400w x 920d

Established Category 

Douglas has worked as an independent studio artist since graduating from the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University in 2000. Since 2008 she has been as a sessional lecturer, and is currently a PhD Candidate in the Glass Workshop at the ANU. Both public institutions and private collections around the world, including the Ebeltoft Museum of Glass, Denmark, National Gallery of Australia, Australia and the Corning Museum of Glass, New York, have collected Douglas’s work. She has received several major awards including the Ranamok Glass Prize in 2002, the International Young Glass Award in 2007 from Ebeltolft and the Tom Malone Prize 2014.

“Line has always been an integral element in my work, as well as a fundamental constitute of the drawing vernacular. Objects and drawings are often thought of as two separate entities. My work explores and interweaves the creative possibilities of his liminal space, where the form is not just a ‘substrate’ for drawing; but a three- dimensional drawing itself. This work utilises the basic properties of glass, transparency and translucency as a means of line making.”