Elaine MilesElaine Miles has maintained a solo practice, continually embraced the medium of handblown glass, for over two decades. She enjoys drawing inspiration from ancient glass techniques and works with teams of leading international artists to make her artwork and installations. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in over 80 exhibitions.

Elaine holds degrees in Ceramic Design, Applied Arts (Hons), Fine Arts (Masters) and a PhD in Fine Arts from Monash University. Her artwork appears in the National Glass Collection at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Australia, and within the American Museum of Glass collection, USA.  Amongst numerous professional successes she is a past recipient of the Creative Fellowship at Wheaton Arts, and is a winner of the Civic Choice Award at the prestigious Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture.

Ancient themes and philosophies of phenomenology and mediation underpin her interest in fine arts and glass. She has explored ancient meditative sounds, mystical notions and historic glass and handcrafts. Today Miles’ latest art series explores the narratives that surround ancient murrine glass, old fashioned embroidery, medieval forged metal and components of lost-wax casting. Her specialty is to adopt various hand craft practices to re-contextualize the meaning of the more familiar notions of glass objects.

Those who have commissioned Elaine’s glass artworks include high quality public venues and organisations such as The Sydney Arts Festival, The National Museum of Singapore, wPS1 art radio (an affiliate of PS1 gallery/MOMA New York), The City of Wyndham, Roulette Experimental Sound Space (New York), Melbourne Recital Centre Inaugural opening, Federation Square, Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery (The National Glass Centre) and various state run Craft Councils and State run Regional Galleries.

Within her current ancient amphora and lotus perfume bottles series, an engraved single lotus flower appears with her signature, discretely on the artworks surface. This flower is reminiscent of Elaine’s deep connection with nature, as well as being a symbol of beauty and peace. The lotus flower represents ancient notions of enlightenment; the lotus bud arises from the darkness and only flowers when it reaches the light.

Education
2009
Doctorate of Philosophy – Fine Arts, Monash University

2002
Masters of Fine Arts, Monash University

1999
Bachelor of Applied Arts (Hons 1), Monash University

1996
Bachelor of Arts – Ceramic Design, Monash University

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2017
Thomas Foundation Residency, Canberra Glassworks, ACT

2012-14
Lecturer, Visual Arts – Glass Studio, MADA, Monash University, VIC

2008-09
Curator – Visual & New Media Arts – Cube 37, Frankston Arts Centre, VIC

2007
Creative Glass Centre America Fellowship, American Museum of Glass/WheatonArts, USA

2006-08
Lecturer, Fine Arts – Glass Department, Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University, VIC
Curator – Contemporary Sculptors Association & County Women’s Association, VIC

AWARDS

2015
RACV Award, Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition & Awards, Yarra Glen VIC

2012
Indoor/Outdoor Permanent Sculpture, Wyndham City Council, VIC

2010
Arts Development – Sidney Myer Fund, Myer Foundation

2009
International Touring – Visual Arts – Arts Victoria.
International Pathways – Music – Australia Council.
Arts Development – Sidney Myer Fund, The Myer Foundation

2008
Civic Choice Award, Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture, Federation Square, VIC
Presentation and Promotion – Music – Australia Council
New Work – Inter-Arts- Australia Council
New Work – Visual Arts – Arts Victoria

2007
Presentation – Arts Victoria
Presentation – Melbourne City Council

2003
Skills & Arts Development – Visual Arts – Australia Council
International Export & Touring Grant – Visual Arts – Arts Victoria
Emerging Artists Grant – Ian Potter Cultural Trust

2001
Honorable mention, Cheongju 2nd International Biennial, Korea

2000
Australian Postgraduate Award – Scholarship, AUST

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:

National Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Australia
Museum of American Glass, USA
The Stonnington Museum of Art, Australia

EXHIBITIONS AND PERFORMANCES

SELECTED SOLO

2012
Inhabit, Solo Exhibition, Wyndham Art Gallery, VIC

2011
Indoor/Outdoor, Solo Exhibition, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, VIC
Indoor/Outdoor Solo Video Installation, Glass Cube, Frankston Arts Centre, VIC

2008
Volumes in Glass, Doctorate Exhibition. Monash University Faculty Gallery, Victoria

2003
Boxes, TOTEM (The Objects That Evoke Meaning), Soho, New York

2001
Boxes, site specific, Space Furniture, Melbourne, Victoria

2000
Bowls, site specific, Space Furniture, Melbourne, Victoria

SELECTED MAJOR COLLABORATIONS

2015
Glass Doors, Inaugural Opening of The Grey Area, Elaine Miles & Adrian Lander, VIC

2010
Fractured Again, Ensemble Offspring, Great Hall of Sydney University, The Sydney Festival, NSW

2009
Glass Percussion Project, The National Museum of Singapore, Singapore
En-trance, Glass Percussion Project, Site Specific, Melbourne Recital Centre Inaugural Opening, VIC
Glass Percussion Project, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW
Blue Collection, Glass Percussion Project. Artspace, Adelaide Festival Centre, SA

2008
Intermezzo, Glass Percussion Project, Site Specific, Federation Square, VIC
Blue Installation, Shepparton Art Gallery, VIC

2007
Glass Percussion Project, PS1 (MOMA affiliate) co-host with Roulette NY, USA

2004
Poetic Nature, Elaine Miles and Holly Grace Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
Glass Stairway, Hit me with your best shot, BOAA, VIC

2016
Window Box # 3, Yering Station Sculpture Awards, VIC
Tidal Pools #6, Lorne Sculpture Biennale, VIC

2015
Tidal Pools #4, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, WA
Tidal Pools #2, Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, WA

2014
Tidal Pools, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, WA

2011
Remoteness, Curated by Matthew Perkins and Dr Elaine Miles, The Block, QUT, QLD

2008
Reflections, Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture, Federation Square, VIC
Spotlight Presentation, Glass Percussion Project, The Australian Performing Arts Market, SA

2007
Personal Space, Gigantic Art Space, Soho, New York, USA
Noise: Performance, The Flame workers Glass Conference USA

2002
Bowls, Stanthorpe Regional Gallery Sculpture Awards, VIC

2001
Clearing, Curated by Kevin Murray, Craft Victoria, VIC
Cheongju 2nd International Biennial, Korea
Cheer, Craft Queensland, QLD

2000
Mixing Bowls, The Hutchins Art Prize, Works on Paper, The Long Gallery, TAS
RFC Glass Prize, Finalist, Australian Touring Exhibition, AUST

1999
Glass 2000, Glass Artists Gallery, NSW

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