Artists

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Melanie Irwin merges sculpture and drawing with performance art to explore the ways in which we construct and inhabit geometric space. Recent projects have incorporated oversized balloons, stretch textile membranes and modified metal frames. These envelopes and appendages are pieced together to generate strange amorphous entities that might be propped up on stilts, or wandering around a gallery space. In works that are variously seductive, absurd, comical, or pathetic, the human body’s capacity for elastic adaptability in response to demanding and constrictive circumstances is emphasized and celebrated.

Irwin completed her Masters of Fine Art by research at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne in 2013. She has exhibited and performed widely since 2006, including solo exhibitions at West Space (2015) and Heide Museum of Modern Art (2014). Group projects have included exhibitions in Warsaw and Rotterdam and residencies, performances and exhibitions in Berlin and Chengdu. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including ArtStart and New Work grants from the Australia Council, City of Melbourne Arts Project grants and an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant, which supported her participation in the PICTURE BERLIN residency in 2013.

http://melanieirwin.com

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Katie Lee’s work ranges from large-scale architecturally sited installations to small, whimsical ink drawings; however, common to all of her works is a preoccupation with ‘the way things are.’ This preoccupation manifests in her sculptural work as forms resembling familiar objects, such as furniture, tools or instruments. Recurring materials include hanging lengths of rubber, steel bars, stools, ceramic balls and timber planks. In these forms and materials, Lee finds a reflection of our built environment alongside their psychological and embodied affect.

Lee is currently completing a PhD at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. She holds a Master of Visual Arts by research from RMIT (2009) and has also studied postgraduate education and urban planning. She has received numerous grants and awards, including Creative Victoria, the Australia Council and the Australian Postgraduate Award. Recent residencies include Asialink, Indonesia, 2014; The Arts Incubator, Singapore, 2013; and Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 2011–2012. Lee has exhibited widely both in Australian and internationally since 2005. Exhibition highlights include: Inclinations, Sutton Gallery, 2014; Dreaming of a Technological Future, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, 2014; Collected Objects, Varied Materials, Shepparton Art Museum, 2013; and We Will Never Be Still, Dance Massive, 2013. Lee has served on the board of Conical Inc., Gertrude Contemporary and West Space. She teaches Expanded Studio Practice at RMIT and Sculpture at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.

www.katielee.com.au

 

In her photographic practice, Clare Rae explores ideas of performance and gesture to interrogate and subvert dominant modes of representation. Her work is informed by feminist theory, and presents an alternate and often awkward experience of the female body. Known for her engagement with domestic and institutional spaces, Rae’s work has recently been captured and exhibited in locations such as the National Gallery of Victoria, Monash University, the Abbotsford Convent, Sutton Project Space and the Substation, Melbourne.

Rae completed a Master of Arts by research at Monash University in 2014, and received first class Honours in Fine Art at RMIT University in 2009. Her work is held in public and private collections nationally, including Artbank, The National Gallery of Victoria, Monash University and RMIT University. Rae has been shortlisted for the William & Winifred Bowness prize three times at the Monash Gallery of Art (2010, 2012, 2014), and was a finalist in the Substation Contemporary Art Prize in 2012, the Churchie Prize in 2014 and the National Photography Prize at the Murray Art Museum in 2016. Rae was the recipient of an Australia Council New Work grant (2011) and Australia Council Development grant (2015) and well as the CCP Colour Factory Award (2009).

www.clarerae.com

 

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Hanna Tai explores how photography, video, sound and sculpture can be used to make ordinary experience seem unfamiliar. Often using humour, she unpicks her chosen media in order to understand its material and durational properties and to reveal something new about the way we see things. In recent video works, she collects and reframes footage of subjects from her daily life – such as animals in the street, the hands of her daughter, or the act of breathing – and uses rhythm and repetition to connect them to ideas such as hope, life, time and space.

Tai holds a Master in Fine Arts, RMIT, 2007; an MA in Image and Communication (Photography), Goldsmiths College, London, 2003; and a Bachelor of Design Studies (Architecture), University of Adelaide, 1998. Recent exhibitions include CONCRETE POST 3, raum2810, Bonn, Germany, 2015; Come to Me, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 2014; Massive Problems, VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; and Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, 2013–2014. She was a finalist in the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize, National Art School, Sydney, 2016; The Substation Contemporary Art Prize, Melbourne, 2014; and the Videoholica International Video Art Festival, Bulgaria, 2014. Her works are held in various collections, including the National Gallery of Victoria, City of Melbourne, and RMIT University.

www.hannatai.com