Material Investigation

Spill (detail) by Megan Wilkinson
Spill (detail) by Megan Wilkinson.

Material Investigation

Megan Wilkinson

EASS Award winner

Generator Gallery

14 May – 27 June 2021
Opening 6pm Friday 14 May

Through this body of work, I capture the often unseen and unique movements of glass in a frozen moment. My investigations into the amorphous material qualities of glass through kiln forming processes have informed and shaped my art practice. I am intrigued by the ways in which the strength of glass is often juxtaposed by its fragile qualities. The balance between strength and fragility, between amorphic and structured, reflects my interest in the interrelational aspects of phenomenology.

In this body of work, I recreate the balance embodied in the glass forms through the use of their opposing qualities. By using contrasting materials and finding geometry through shapes and spaces, the inherently unstable nature of glass is enhanced.

Pushing my investigations further, I attempt to alter the ways in which the viewer might interact with the works. The purity of material provokes curiosity, but the fragility of the kinetic glass elements create resistance. These works have ephemeral tendencies.

Through this series of temporal forms, I capture my close observations of the material. As interconnecting objects react and create conversations with each other, they reference the relationship, communication and balance I have with the material as I work.

– Megan Wilkinson

About the artist

Megan Wilkinson began developing her art practice in 2017 after commencing a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the Australian National University School of Art, Glass workshop. Megan’s work has been exhibited at Craft ACT (2020), The Australian National University Graduate Exhibit (2019) and PROMPT Gallery ACT (2018). In 2015 Megan won the National Summer Art Scholarship where she participated in a weeklong intensive held by the NGA. In 2019 she was awarded the Craft ACT: Craft and Design Emerging Contemporaries Award, the Country to Coast Exhibition and Residency, and the EASS Belconnen Arts Centre Exhibition Award. In 2020 Megan won the Corning Museum of Glass scholarship, New York, and in 2021 won a bursary to participate in the Canberra Glassworks Conduit intensive masterclass.

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