Klaus Moje Glass Award

My work Queer (vulnerability) has been shortlisted in the inaugural Klaus Moje Glass Award.
Today the Canberra Glassworks announced the shortlist of 18 Australian glass artists selected for the 2019 award. See full announcement here.

“The Klaus Moje Glass Award honours one of the most significant contemporary artists working in glass.  The Award builds on the success of the Hindmarsh Prize 2016 to 2018, recognising outstanding achievement in contemporary glass art and celebrating the work of artists whose practices are among the most innovative and influential in this medium.

Klaus Moje AO, through his practice, his teaching and his advocacy for the sector changed the way we think about glass as an art form.”

Queer (vulnerability) is the first work I have made since graduating Honours last year from the ANU School of Art & Design. This new work draws and extends on the research and themes from my graduating body of work Coming out (of the kiln).

Queer (vulnerability),  2019, kiln formed and cold worked glass, neon, wood and paint. Photo: Adam McGrath

Queer (vulnerability), 2019, kiln formed and cold worked glass, neon, wood and paint. Photo: Adam McGrath

“Continuing research into the theme of shame and authenticity, the artist found the work of Dr Brené Brown on vulnerability. Brown states that exposing shame and talking about shame dissipates its effects on us. This takes vulnerability. In doing so, vulnerability becomes a key component in expressing courage, creativity and innovation. 

The work is more active than Grant’s previous work with its use of neon and jewel like glass slabs. Three different coloured slabs are polished allowing the light to refract and encompass the slabs, shifting the perspective and colours of the light. The work plays as metaphor for speaking the artists shame and allowing vulnerability to come to light.”

Shortlisted works will be on display at Thor’s Hammer from 21 September to 12 October 2019, with the recipient of the inaugural Klaus Moje Glass Award being announced on Friday 20 September 2019, in conjunction with the official opening.

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