Exhibitions | 24-05-2022

Mel Douglas’ glass showcased in Sabbia Gallery exhibition

A solo exhibition of work by Australian glass artist Mel Douglas opens in Sydney on 27 May 2022.

Talking about the exhibition, ‘Linear Perspective’, Mel Douglas explains, “Objects and drawings are often thought of as two separate entities. This body of work explores and interweaves the creative possibilities of this liminal space, where the form is not just a support 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.”

Interior view of the 'Linear Perspective' glass exhibition at Sabbia Gallery.
Interior view of the ‘Linear Perspective’ exhibition at Sabbia Gallery. Photo: Sabbia Gallery.

Mel Douglas has worked as an independent studio artist since 2000. In 2020 she was awarded a PhD from the Australian National University for practice-lead research investigating how studio glass can be understood through the aesthetics of drawing.

In addition to winning the 2020 and 2014 Tom Malone Prize, she has received several major awards, including the Ranamok Glass Prize in 2002 and the International Young Glass Award in 2007 from Ebeltolft Museum of Glass. In 2021 she was selected as the Art Group Creative Fellow at the Canberra Glassworks.

In 2019 her work was the inaugural acquisition of the NGA’s Robert and Eugenie Bell Decorative Arts and Design Fund.

Her work is held in private collections and public institutions internationally, including the Corning Museum of Glass, New York, the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA; the Ebeltoft Museum of Glass, Denmark, and the National Gallery of Australia, Australia.

Mel Douglas is a finalist in the prestigious 2022 Loewe Foundation Craft Prize, the third Australian artist to be awarded this honour.

‘Linear Perspective’ opens at Sabbia Gallery with a private view on 27 May and runs until 18 June 2022.

Sabbia Gallery is at 609 Elizabeth Street, Redfern, NSW 2016, Sydney, Australia. More information: www.sabbiagallery.com

Main image: Mel Douglas’ ‘Disruption’ (2022) is created from kiln formed and coldworked glass.

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