Mel Douglas

Inclination - Mel DOUGLAS
Mel Douglas
Apr 29 2023 - Jul 29 2023
Caterina Tognon Arte Contemporanea, Venezia

Caterina Tognon Arte Contemporanea is pleased to announce the first solo show by the artist Mel Douglas, newest representation of the gallery, opening April 29th, at 6.30 pm.


Objects and drawings are often thought of as two separate entities. My 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.

Mel Douglas


Mel Douglas (Australia, 1978) lives and works in Canberra. Her technique consists of a slow and deliberate engraved mark making process that is in direct relation to the objects' physical and linear forms.

The practice of the artist investigates how studio glass can be understood through the aesthetics of drawing. Focusing on contemporary and historical ideas of drawing and Anthropologist Tim Ingold’s theories on line, her primary innovation is to conceptualise glass forms as drawings. Her research has found that the medium of glass offers unique and innovative ways to both conceptualise and realise the drawn line. She explored this within her studio by subjecting glass and drawing to a prolonged analysis, through questioning the spatial relationships between form and line.

Mel Douglas has worked as an independent studio artist since 2000. In 2020 she was awarded her 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, a prestigious award through which a work is acquired each year into the collection of the National Gallery of Western Australia, Douglas has received several major awards including the Ranamok Glass Prize in 2002, the International Young Glass Award in 2007 from Ebeltolft and in 2022 she was a finalist in the Loewe Craft Prize.

In 2019 her work was the inaugural acquisition for the NGA’s Robert and Eugenie Bell Decorative Arts and Design Fund. Douglas’ work is held in the 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 National Gallery of Australia, Australia.