UniSA student awarded Vicki Torr Emerging Artist Prize for glasswork

Jessica Murtagh, current Master of Design (Contemporary Art) candidate, has been recognised for her outstanding practice with the recent announcement of the Vicki Torr Emerging Artist Prize for 2019. Formerly known as the Online Gallery Prize, the Vicki Torr prize awards an early-career artist on the basis of voting by Ausglass members and represents a value of $1500.

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 currently an assistant in the glass workshops at the University of South Australia and JamFactory. In 2019 she was a finalist in the Gallery M Contemporary Art Prize, Marion Cultural Centre, and the Pro Hart Art Prize, Broken Hill.

Image: Modern Relic I by Jessica Murtagh