Mark Eliott is a contemporary artist working primarily in flame-worked glass and also incorporating a variety of media such as music, stop-motion animation and wood carving.
His work has a number of themes. One is sculptural abstraction informed by synaesthesia and the dance between improvisation and structure. Another is representation of biological organisms influenced by the 19th-20th century glassblowers Rudolph and Leopold Blaschka as well as the ancient tradition of glass animal making. A third area is narrative based works including the writing and the telling of stories through objects. Often this is inspired by mythology and the story telling of his father.
Mark completed a Master of visual arts and Master of studio arts at Sydney College of the arts as well as associate diploma in Jazz studies (saxophone) at Sydney conservatorium of music.
Collaborations with other artists is also a feature of Marks work for example the stop-motion animation project with Jack McGrath for which they coined the term "flame-ation" (flame-glass animation). This work aims to bring glass to life by presenting the object together with animation, and sometimes, live performance.
Marks work is in many private and public collections including The Corning Glass Museum in New York, The Glass Museet in Denmark, The National Glass collection in Wagga Wagga, The National Film and Sound Archive and National gallery in Canberra, The Canberra museum and the Gallery of Western Australia, where he won the 2019 Tom Malone Glass prize.
Mark has taught flame-work – at venues such as 107 projects, Sydney, Gordon Studios, Victoria and Canberra Glassworks and provides interactive demonstrations. He has a strong interest in environmental issues, continues to play music and lives with his family between Braidwood in southern NSW and Sydney.
Made in Australia.