ABOUT MADISYN

Madisyn Zabel is an Australian based artist who investigates the dynamic relationships between three-dimensional objects and their two-dimensional representation, and the growing dialogue between Craft and digital technology.  Within her work, Zabel juxtaposes volume and flatness through the combination of cast glass forms with mixed media to create geometric installations that transform the surrounding space.  


Zabel obtained her Bachelor of Visual Arts with First Class Honours, majoring in glass, at the Australian National University School of Art, Canberra. While at ANU Zabel’s interest in illusion began when she came across the Necker Cube, an illusion created by Swiss crystallographer Louis Albert Necker. From there she began exploring the illusionistic qualities of glass alongside string drawings that projected the implied shadow of the object into space. 


During her studies, Zabel travelled abroad to participate in workshops at Pilchuck Glass School , Corning Museum of Glass and upon completion of her studies, she enrolled in the Studio Assistantship Residency Program at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio in Norfolk, VA


Since graduating Madisyn Zabel’s work has been shown internationally, included in the Corning Museum of Glass New Glass Review and has been the recipient of awards including Warm Glass UK’s The Glass Prize Bullseye Glass Artists Category and the Jutta Cuny-Franz Foundation (Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf) Talent Award. Most recently, Zabel participated in a two-month residency at Berlin Glas e.V in Berlin Germany and a month-long residency at the Canberra Glassworks in Kingston. 

ARTIST STATEMENT

 I am captivated by the visual collision of opposing forces; positive and negative, volume and flatness, light and shadow. The tension between these binary forces is the influence for my studio practice. Within my practice, I explore the spatial relationships between three-dimensional objects and their two-dimensional representations. I combine traditional craft techniques and digital technology to create installations, which explore physical and virtual relationships in the contemporary world. Utilising geometry as a starting point, I create illusions of depth and flatness in glass and mixed media. Inverting the traditional design process these works start with a handmade object which is then rendered in CAD to view from different perspectives. Reimagining the internal structure of the cast glass form, I create string drawings that project the implied shadow of the object into space. Through the exploration of perception and vantage point, I involve the audience by displaying the work in ways that are activated by movement. By combining glass and string imagery, my work explores the possibilities of shifting perception within and between object and drawing. 

CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION

2015

Australian National University School of Art, First Class Honours Glass, Canberra, AUS​

Pilchuck Glass School, Fred Metz Digital Fab Lab Class, Fred Metz and Team, Stanwood, USA​

Corning Museum of Glass, Coldworking and Lamination, Jiyong Lee, Corning, USA

 

2014

Australian National University School of Art, Bachelor of Visual Arts Glass, Canberra, AUS 
Workshops 

Canberra Glassworks, Mixed Media Workshop, CUD, Canberra, AUS 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery Point Space, Perceptual Reversal, Wagga Wagga, AUS 

2018

M16 Artspace, Reimagined Perspectives, Griffith, AUS  

2017

Berlin Glas e.V, Concurrent, Berlin, DE 

 

2016

Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio, Connect, Gallery 102, Norfolk, USA 


Belconnen Arts Centre Foyer Gallery, Permeate: Shift, Belconnen, AUS 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019

Contemporary Art Awards , Finalist Exhibition, Brisbane, AUS (ONLINE)

M16 Artspace, Interchange, Griffith, AUS

 

Australian Nationational University School of Art, Here Now Alumni Exhibition, Canberra, AUS

 

2018

M16 Artspace, M16 Drawing Prize, Finalist, Griffith, AUS 

 

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, Annual Members Exhibition, Canberra, AUS 


Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, National Emerging Glass Prize, Wagga Wagga, AUS 


ANCA Gallery & Studios, Pin 8, Dickson, AUS

 

2017

China Academy of Art, Symnoiosis: China and Australia Edge Glass Art Exhibition, Hangzhou, CN

 

Australian Embasy Berlin, Collaborative Endeavour Exhibition, Berlin, DE  


Thorn-Prikker-Foyer Museum Kunstplast, Jutta Cuny-Franz Award Exhibition, Düsseldorf, DE  

 

Belconnen Arts Centre Foyer Gallery, Ontogenesis, Belconnen, AUS 

RESIDENCES 

2017

Canberra Glassworks, Thomas Foundation Artist in Residence, Canberra, AUS

 

Berlin Glas e.V. Artist in Residence, Berlin, DE 
 

2016

Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio, Glass Studio Assistantship, Norfolk, USA 

PUBLICATIONS

2016

The Corning Museum of Glass, New Glass Review
# 37, Corning, USA

      
Glass Art Society (GAS), International Student Online Exhibition Juried Selection Catalogue, Seattle, USA 

2016

S12 Galleri Og Verksted, Young & Loving, Bergen, NO  


Prague Gallery of Czech Glass, Stanislav Libesnský Award, Prague, CZ  


Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, HATCHED: National Graduate Show, Perth, AUS

 

National Glass Art Gallery, Glass Prize, Finalist, Wagga Wagga, AUS 


Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, Emerging Contemporaries, Canberra,

2015

Australian National University School of Art, Graduating Exhibition, Canberra, AUS 


MAGE, Mansfield Art Prize, Finalist, Victoria, AUS 


M16 Artspace, CAPO Emerging Artists' Prize, Finalist, Canberra, AUS ​​

Awards and Grants

2019

Australian Council for the Arts, Project Grant, AUS

2018

CAPO Patrons for the Arts, Canberra Glassworks Award, Canberra, AUS

 

2017

Museum Kunstpalast, Jutta Cuny-Franz Talent Award, Düsseldorf, DE 


Australian Council for the Arts, Career Development Grant for Individuals, AUS 

 

2016
Warm Glass UK, The Glass Prize Bullseye Glass Artists Category Winner, Bristol, UK

 

Prague Gallery of Czech Glass, Stanislav Libesnský Award Finalist, Prague, CZ 


Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Hatched: National Graduate Show Finalist, AUS 

KNOWN COLLECTIONS

2018

Wagga Wagga National Glass Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga, AUS 

 

2014

Bradley Allen Love, Canberra, AUS