Scott Chaseling, Adrift

This work is an attempt to represent a sense of no place and no belonging.
— Scott Chaseling

Scott Chaseling is an artist who has been using glass as his primary medium for over 30 years. Scott studied sculpture at the South Australian College of the Arts and then studied as an associate at the Jam Factory Craft and Design, Adelaide. He then travelled widely, developing new works in new locations through teaching, residencies and workshops. Scott lived and worked in Japan, England, France and Germany, along with many short stints internationally giving workshops, lectures and attending artist in residencies, such as the Leverhulme Research Fellowship UK, Wheaton Fellowship, USA and the Cite des International des Arts, France.

Scott aims to use glass as a material for the construction of contemporary sculpture. Adrift’s formal outline reveals a maritime buoy, similar to the buoys that one may find whilst beachcombing – a way marker unmoored and displaced. This sculpture, now as flotsam and jetsam, represents a liminal space between a sense of place and one of being lost. The landlocked marker functions no more within its original premise but rather now it serves a carrier for new narratives. It has no cultural certainty. 

Through utilising specific materials such as glass and mirrors, Adrift creates a liminal space that consists only of a state of becomingness and not defined by the tangiblity of the object. This temporal shift of perception, along with a change in material expectations, will allow the viewer to participate with the sculpture via the introduction of their own reading/s.

Scott is currently a PhD candidate at the ANU School of Art & Design in the sculpture workshop. He has been awarded numerous prizes and awards such as the Gold Medal of the Bavarian State Prize, Germany, the Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Award. His artwork is represented in many national and international public collections, including Museum Kunst Palast, Germany, the National Gallery of Australia and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan.

Recent solo exhibitions have been in the European Museum of Contemporary Glass, Germany, the Musee du Verre, France and Canberra Museum and Gallery.