I’ve just arrived at the Chateau d’Orquevaux in France for my artist residency, this place is more than I could have imagined.
I would like to thank everyone who helped in making this opportunity possible, I’ve not been here long at all and the other artists, the estate, and surroundings, from the small parts of it that I have experienced so far, is already wonderfully inspirational.
So thank you for being a part of this experience for me.
Here are some photos of the Chateau, my room, the staircase leading up to it and the incredible view from my window.
Here is to two full-on weeks of creating, but for now, a welcoming dinner with the other artists in residence, and of course some champagne.
September 12th, 5-7pm
AD Space at UNSW A&D (previoulsy known as COFA)
I will be showing work from my Housebound photographs series.
Curated by Kate Stoddard, Not a Stat, reflects on lived experiences of mental illness, including mental health practices. The exhibition provides a visual translation of what is often difficult to articulate, thereby offering an opportunity to communicate experience beyond that of verbal disclosure. Included artworks range as much in materiality as they do in conceptual reflection; from the ever-present stigmatisation of mental illness to being in a state of severe depression; from paralysis at the hand of anxiety to means of finding relief.
The exhibition title takes inspiration from the common reduction of lived experiences to scientific statistics (“1 in 4 people experience mental illness”) and the emergence of understanding mental illness through a purely biological or neurochemical lens. The exhibition shifts focus onto the reality of living or dealing with mental health difficulties.
Amy Bruce, Bailee Lobb, Ben Adams, Jennifer Brady, Jeremy Smith, Linda Sok, Lisa Carrett, Monica Rudhar, Plum de Noone and Rhiannon Hopley.
Opening Night Performances:
5.45pm – Bailee Lobb, ‘Weightless Shells’
6.30pm – Poetry slam by Caravan Slam.
I was invited by Gaffa gallery to come up with an idea for an exhibition and guest curate.
Exhibition June 22 – July 3.
Opening June 22 6 – 8 pm at Gaffa Gallery Clarence Street, Sydney.
The exhibition invited artists to respond to the concept and idea of what stillness means to them. Our world is increasingly fasted paced, we are pressured by this idea of being in a constant state of ‘busy’, thus seen as productive and admirable. Art itself calls on the viewer to slow down and engage, just as the practice of creating requires process and contemplation by the artist.
“Within yourself is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself” – Herman Hesse.
Stillness came from the desire to create a show that encourages the audience to slow down, hold them present to a moment, contemplate the work and create a peaceful connection and consideration to their ways of seeing our surrounding world.
Sophie Penkethman –Young
I’m excited to announce that I will have some of my work exhibited at the third edition of Denfair in Melbourne with .M Contemporary. Denfair is a carefully curated, boutique trade event and the leading destination for contemporary design and art in Australia held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre,
If you happen to be in Melbourne that weekend, check out Denfair and visit .M Contemporary at Stand no.G18 to see my work.
I will be exhibiting a couple of previously unseen works from my Housebound Photographs series, which was created over a 4 month period from February-May 2015. During this time I was physically unable to leave my tiny inner-west apartment, due to a seemingly small accident that ended up being quite severe, resulting in me requiring two major surgeries on my right knee. The photographs are a small insight of this difficult period of frustration, pain, medications and overwhelming feelings of hopelessness. They are a reflection of the human condition, the mundane and the ever growing strangeness of everyday objects when they are all you have to interact with.
Piss Poor Effort is a group exhibition that unapologetically lays bare the common human experience of anxiety. Each artist’s practice discusses their personal experience of anxiety; in social situations, performing identity, isolation and the self-regulation involved in contending with an invisible disability.
Please join me at 107 for the opening on Wednesday 3 May6-8pm
Exhibition 3 – 27 May
Starting off my 2017 with some wonderful news, I received a letter congratulating me on my submission, I have been selected to undertake an artist residency at Chateau Orquevaux in France later this year. During my residency, I will continue to develop and work on my Discovering Locations Series, explore the estate and surrounding region to inspire new works and collaborate with other artists. I am looking forward to this fabulous opportunity.
Visit my Australian Cultural Fund campaign to help support this opportunity
I am excited to announce that I have been selected as a Finalist for The North Sydney Art Prize, with my work Foreshore Remnant. The work was created for the prize in response to curational theme relating to The Coal Loader site in Waverton and our environment. The 2017 North Sydney Art Prize exhibition opens Saturday 11 March, the exhibition on display until Sunday 26 March 2017 at the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, Waverton, North Sydney.
Up nice and early this morning, with not so favourable weather for the install of my work for the Newtown ArtSeat, a contemporary public art space at Newtown Hub outside the Neighbourhood community centre. The concept behind the work Nocturnal Vibrations highlights the character and vibe of Newtown, the night time culture and beautiful architecture of the historical buildings of King St. I adore living in Newtown and would visit regularly before becoming a local, there is only one thing I miss and that’s looking up and seeing a sky full of stars. Through Nocturnal Vibrations I wanted to bring the stars back into the city, by creating my own adaptation of King St combined with a photograph I recently took of the Milkyway in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park NT, to reveal a magical sky to match the character and personality that is Newtown.
Newtown ArtSeat ‘Nocturnal Vibrations’ is on until 30 November 2016.
A collection of photographs and moving images which transgress the fluidity of dreaming to abstractions of moments in time. Noctuary draws on the transformation that takes place with the fall of night. Images of abandoned urban locations and shadowy scenes correlate with our emotional selves, mirroring feelings of isolation, emptiness and sorrow through absence and stillness.
Hopley’s work explores the often-disconnected relationship between nature, the urban landscape and the human condition. She photographs old, historic, abandoned and forgotten locations, documenting the strange transformation of places that in the day appear common and familiar. While her work is often absent of a person or figure, there is an emotional human undertone as she tries to convey the deep emotional state of nostalgia and the profound melancholy associated with longing for someone, or something.
The outdoor projected exhibition will run from 5.30pm – 10pm
10 – 16 June
Off The Wall Gallery
St Peters Triangle Sydney, Australia 2044
I’ve only been back a bit over a week now, and I still haven’t gotten over the incredible time I had in The Red Centre. My trip started with the Artists Preview of the Alice Prize, the official exhibition opening, a lovely artists dinner at The Star of Alice, and a series of talks by invited artists.
After which I went on to explore the West MacDonnell Ranges, Kings Canyon, Uluru & Kata Tjuta, solo in a four-wheel drive. While I was at Uluru I was fortunate enough to be among the first few groups of people to visit the breath-taking installation Field of Light by Bruce Munro. If you get the chance to visit I highly recommend heading out to see the installation.
Thank you to everyone at the Araluen Arts Centre in Alice Springs for your wonderful hospitality during all of the events. It was a pleasure to have been selected as a finalist in such a remarkable exhibition and to have the opportunity to discuss my work and practice to such a large group of people.