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Scott CHASELING

Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia born 1962

Absent memories 2004 Place made: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Materials & Technique: glass, vases, glass: blown, fused, wheel-cut, painted and ground Bullseye Glass with Paradise Paint

Primary Insc: engraved on front: 'S.Chaseling'
Dimensions: 60.7 h x 50.0 w 50.0 diameter cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2003
Accession No: NGA 2004.135

To achieve the complex interaction of pattern and visual narrative evident in Absent memories, Scott Chaseling has adapted the ancient Venetian murrini technique, by which a mosaic is formed from sections of glass canes and fused as a flat sheet before being rolled, blown and ground. In this contemporary articulation of murrini’s ancient language of ornamentation, Chaseling achieves his characteristic interaction between comic-book-like narrative imagery and the dense, jewel-like design that is possible with the use of advanced materials. In this work his positioning of images on the inside and outside of the vessel allows different episodes to be read simultaneously, challenging us to comprehend two versions of the one story.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Chaseling works within the traditions of murrini, or mosaic glass. In this technique a mosaic is formed and fused as a flat sheet before being rolled, blown and ground. This work demonstrates his mastery of a demanding material and process to achieve his characteristic interaction between comic book-like painted visual narrative and the dense, jewel-like design possible with the use of contemporary materials to articulate murrini’s ancient language of ornamentation.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design