A Composition of Five Bottles, 2018
Blown glass, murrini, surface worked, assembled, 680h x 550w x 320d
Nick Mount is one of Australia’s most accomplished and celebrated studio glass artists. Approaching his fifth decade working in the field, he has been at the forefront of innovation and achievement since the early 1970s. Mount’s earliest and most enduring influences include the USwest coast glass scene and the traditions of the Venetians. Informed but not confined by tradition, Mount is known for his production, commission and exhibition work. Since the late 1990s the latter has comprised of an evolving series of sculptural assemblages. Ranging in scale and character, they describe an aesthetic that is both provocative and playful, intimate and spectacular. Mount’s work is represented in major public and private collections and his reputation as a generous teacher, demonstrator and mentor sees him teaching regularly at glass centres around the world.
” In 1997 when the first in my ever-evolving series of Scent Bottles were exhibited, Linda Marie Walker wrote: Singular, without scent, slightly askew, gaudy, funny; generous things, insect-like, gradually put-together. Each bottle composed, like a score, from separately made components, as if those components were ‘found’. In 2018 they continue to be crafted in the same manner but have metamorphosed into quiet sentinels of homage to the bottle, an object of infinite diversity. Unlike their early counterparts, A Composition of Five Bottles have a softness that belies their material. Burning quietly with the technical warmth of their Venetian bravura, they exploit the Italian practice of Murrini into watercolour strokes.”