NOT is an artist and curator based in Canberra and Sydney. The artist’s practice has evolved through experimentation between the mediums of glass and ceramic with a focus on discontinued and discarded materials. NOT’s earlier work with porcelain and then resin has led to an exploration of the luminous qualities of crystal glass. With influences garnered from Australia’s trans-cultural landscape the artist’s work often draws on spiritual and aesthetic qualities from Asia. While the work often examines the balance and tension between objects, it has also, in recent years, used an impression of debris to reflect on the future and comment on the effects of environmental crisis and human existence. As arts writer, Kirsty Francis noted in her 2022 Art Almanac article on the artist’s work, “NOT’s artistic motivations pulsate with a deep sense of environmental consciousness through which he interrogates global trade and reciprocity, power and greed, surveillance and data mining…” With a glass practice based in Canberra, NOT is particularly interested in using glass to highlight “how aspects of our natural environment have become props in a larger play of globalism, trade and surveillance”.
The artist NOT trained in ceramics at Gymea TAFE and has further trained in mould making, wheel throwing, fine porcelain, hand building, glass work and neon under many renowned artists such as Somchai Charoen, Luna Ryan, Deb Taylor, Cherie Peyton, Cath Fogarty, Jenny Orchard, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Peter Nilsson, Richard William Wheater and David Cooper. Since 2013, the artist has been the Director of Square One Studios in Sydney but travels to Canberra regularly for their practice at the Canberra Glassworks. The artist NOT has participated in many group and prize exhibitions and is a finalist in the prestigious contemporary still life award STILL 2023 held at Yarilla Arts and Museum. The artist’s work is represented in the collections of the Shepparton Art Museum, Yarrila Arts and Museum, and private collections in UK, Europe and Australia.