3 - 6 November 2011
about the exhibition
Nick Wirdnam creates hot sculpted glass forms that incorporate a rich language of symbols and motifs based on everyday objects that hold loaded meanings of luck or superstition, personal protection and security. His latest series of “preserved” talismans explores the notion of saving up the desired outcomes of a superstitious belief with each, when needed, able to ward off negative elements or ensure good fortune. Often, the realistic glass forms adopt the surface texture and colour of the objects they represent and this is particularly remarkable in, for example, the sticks and wishbones. Born in England, Nick was a founding member at Isle of Wight Glass where he worked until moving to Australia in 1983. Having obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Monash University, Nick went on to teach there for many years before setting up his own full-time studio in Melbourne. His work is represented in major public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery (National Art Glass Collection) and Glass Museum in Nijima, Japan.