UniSA glass artists selected for MilanoVetro -35 international art prize

Two students from the Master of Design (Contemporary Art) program at UniSA have been selected as finalists in the international art prize MilanoVetro -35, a biennial competition for glass artists under the age of 35.

Finalists will exhibition in the Sforza Castle, Milan, in February of 2020. An acquisitive prize, the winning work will become part of the permanent collection.

Congratulations Jessica Murtagh and Jianzhen Wu on selection for the prize. They will exhibit along with 35 other Italian and international entrants


Jianzhen Wu, 2019, Holistic Therapy. Blown glass, essential oil and cork. Image by Ella-Maude Wilson.

"Through the integration of holistic therapy and creative art processes my work encourages a connection between mind and body. The meditative process of making allows me to express and release my negative energy, to disconnect from overwhelming thoughts and to stay in the moment. The glass forms are created through the rhythmic exhalation of breath, allowing me to physically dispel my anxiety into the blown object. When filled with essential oils the diffused homeopathic scent replaces the space that the negative energy created, completing the cycle of healing from the work's inception to its final outcome." - Jianzhen Wu

Jianzhen will be exhibiting in the 2020 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition and also received the FELTspace Graduate Award.

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Jessica Murtagh, 2019, Modern Relic II. Blown glass. Image courtesy the artist.

Influenced by her background in graphic design, Jessica’s works incorporate illustrations and patterns combined with wide-ranging glass blowing techniques to explore themes of the natural world, climate change and classical narratives. The Modern Relic series explores scenes and narratives drawn from classical Athens, set against a contemporary backgrop of technological development and its implications.

Jessica is also a finalist in the Tom Bass Figurative Sculpture Prize for 2020 and received the Ausglass Vicki Torr Emerging Artist Prize in 2019.