Nikki Main

Nikki has been an exhibiting artist working with glass for ten years, originally working from a studio at the Canberra Glassworks. She now has a studio at the Woonona Warehouse where she has a kiln and glass cutting lathe. She continues to regularly use the Canberra Glassworks facilities.

Nikki’s work talks about the finite resources of the world. To date a major focus has been on river water and soil health, emanating from time spent managing a rural property on the Murrumbidgee River. The effect of fire, drought and overuse of land are all topics embedded in her glass pieces. The fires of 2003 in the ACT that impacted on the property and the more recent Black Saturday fires have inspired recent work. 

Nikki’s blown river rocks, cast puddles and fused landscapes reference the role of water in nourishing and depleting the land. Imbued with a muted palette of duck egg white, pale grey and olive green to a dark brown, her glass pays homage to the earth, sediment and silt. 

“In glass I have found such a multifaceted material. I love that glass can be opaque, almost ceramic in quality and offers endless options for colour.  Glass plays with light and can allow the eye within the form when translucent or transparent or draw the eye to the surface when opaque or matt”.

Several years ago Nikki moved to the town of Thirroul, beside the ocean south of Sydney. 

Nikki has exhibited throughout Australia. She has been a repeat finalist in significant art prizes including the Ranamok Glass Prize and Waterhouse Natural History (now Science) Art Prize. In 2010 she was the overall winner of the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize with her piece “Flood Stones”. She has also been the recipient of two Canberra Glassworks residencies and was the invited visiting artist at TASART in Burnie, Tasmania in 2011. Nikki received the Canberra Critics Circle Award for her exhibition “Sentinels” at Beaver Galleries in 2011.

She was awarded a visual arts degree with a first class honours from ANU School of Art and Design in 2008. Nikki’s work is held by the South Australian Museum and numerous private collections in Australia and internationally and is represented by Beaver Galleries in Canberra.