Mel George looks to give form and permanence to the intangibility of time - the impression of both its impending and passing presence. She represents familiar structures and systems employed in our everyday to mark, record, plan and chart our time, such as calendars and in this case, weekly layouts. She opts to omit the usual text that would typically be added to each of these items. Instead, she fills the available space with coloured swatches that use variation and vibrancy of hues to harmonise the sense of the situation within each swatch. The glass allows her to present these abstract narratives and archetypically ephemeral daily acts as visually soft immersive fields that give rigid preservation and permanence.

Education

1998    BA (Visual Arts) Honours (majoring in glass), Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Selected Solo Exhibition

2015    “Almanac of the Everyday”, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2012    “Hazy”, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA

2009    “Reminders”, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA

            “Imprint”, Canberra Glassworks, Canberra, Australia 

2008“In Good Taste, part of the walking tour Glass Art Society, Portland, Oregon, USA

2006     "Stitched", P:EAR Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA

2004      "Enveloped", P:EAR Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016    “Interconnected, Form studio and gallery, Queanbeyan, NSW, Australia

2015    “Interiors”, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR, USA

             “C5”, C5 Gallery, Canberra, Australia

2014    “Revere”, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney, Australia

 “Wunderkammer; The Museum of Lost and Forgotten Objects”, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

“The Tree”, Canberra Glassworks, Canberra, Australia

“Queanbeyan Sculpture Prize” collaboration with Annette Blair and Kirstie Rea.

“Creative License”, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, Canberra, Australia

“Small Works”, Beaver Galleries, Canberra, Australia                                                                                                                                      

Selected Awards, Grants and Residencies 

2015    Artist in Residence, Canberra Glassworks

2013    Summer Hot Shop Artist Series Residency, Tacoma Glass Museum, Tacoma, Washington, USA

Saxe Award Pilchuck Glass Glass, Stanwood, Washington, USA

 Commendation, Queanbeyan Art Prize

Selected Professional Experience

2016    Presenter, “State of Art: kilnformed glass in Australia, University of Texas, Arlington, TX, USA

Presenter, “State of Art: kilnformed glass in Australia, Bullseye Resource Centre, Portland, OR, USA

2015   Juror, 9th Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Korea,

           Curator Craft ACT; Craft and Design Centre

           Instructor, Canberra Glassworks, Canberra, Australia

2014    Instructor, Corning Museum of Glass Studio, Corning, New York, USA

2013    Instructor, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington, USA

Sessional Academic, Glass workshop, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Project Manager, Craft ACT; Craft and Design Centre

Kiln-Forming Assistant, Kirstie Rea

Kiln-Forming Assistant, Lisa Cahill

           Hot Shop Assistant, Annette Blair

Hot Shop Assistant, Hilary Crawford

Hot Shop Assistant, Jenni Kemarre Martiniello

Hot Shop Assistant, Holly Grace

2012    Independent Curator, “Alphabet!”, Craft ACT: Canberra Craft and Design Centre, Canberra, Australia

2011    Sessional Academic, Glass workshop, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Selected Public Collections

Tacoma Glass Museum, Tacoma, Washington, USA

Bullseye Glass Company, Portland, Oregon, USA

Toyama Institute Glass Art, Toyama, Japan

Parliament House, Canberra Australia

Selected Publications

2016    New Glass Review 37, Neues Glas, 2016

2015     Craft Arts International

2014    Artists Profile publication

              New Glass Review 35, Neues Glas, 2014

2013    Links: Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest catalog

2012    New Glass Review 33, Neues Glas, 2012

 

Extracts of Reviews and Writings about the artist.

I have always had a deep connection with my family, friends and home and it is my time and experience with them that I find my inspiration. Over the years, my description of home has changed and my group of family and friends have grown. With each addition and change, I have found myself grasping to hold the minutes spent with each until, ultimately, the time passes and leaves me with only notions of nostalgia.

To give permanent form to the passing of time, I see my work as “monuments” to moments. Each work is created to both celebrate and mourn the passing of time with the people and the places with which I am connected. I use glass to give structure to these shrines. I find that glass’ perceived fragility resonates well with my concepts.

My work has evolved from translating common objects into glass and placing them together in simple settings to vignettes telling the story of my affliction of homesickness. I have made work based on intimate reminders such as postcards, calendars and Polaroids, all with an aim to memorialise reminiscence. To echo the abbreviated nature of a moment, I make small work that is equally intimate in scale and therefore invites the viewer to come in close for a long look.

Recently, I have relocated back to my hometown. I see that the advancement of time has altered the shape and scope of the place and people of my old home. I am currently making works that hold still a depiction of the ever falling, fleeting and flowing movement of clouds to capture the cascading feeling of time.

Artist’s statement. Sabbia Gallery (www.sabbiagallery.com). Paddington N