Mel Douglas, liminal I, liminial II, liminal III

... I am using line as a way to inform, define and enable, three-dimensional space.
— Mel Douglas

The delicate subtlety of Mel Douglas’ work comes from the slow and considered process of engraved mark-making. Objects and drawings are often thought of as two separate disciplines. With this work Mel is exploring and interweaving the creative possibilities of this liminal space, where the glass form is not just a substrate for drawing, but a three-dimensional drawing itself.

The triptych liminal I, liminal II, liminal III explores the notion of a liminal period which consists of three stages: the separation, or detachment of a subject from its stabilised environment; the margin, which is an ambiguous state for the subject; and the aggregation, in which the passage has completed and the subject has crossed the threshold into a new fixed, stabilised state. 

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 is a graduate from the glass workshop of the ANU School of Art & Design. She has exhibited in many group and solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including the US, Singapore and Italy. Mel has been featured in numerous publications and her work is held in permanent collections such as the National Gallery of Australia and the Corning Museum of Glass.

Mel’s mastery of her craft is highly regarded and has earned her many awards including the 2014 Tom Malone Prize, 2007 International Young Glass Award, Ebeltolft, as well as the 2002 Ranamok Glass Prize.

Mel is represented by Beaver Galleries.