Amelia Skelton is a multidisciplinary artist, living and working in Sydney, Australia. Working within the framework of craft and assemblage, Skelton produces work that speculates on the relationship between the person and the object. Skelton graduated from National Art School with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture) in 2016. Over the past four years, Skelton has partaken in a number of exhibitions including Bushfire Relief Fundraiser at China Heights Gallery, All that you can all your own, you can say that you are, curated by Lilac City Studios at Passport Store & Gallery, and Crossroads at Dom Ni Kata, Sofia, Bulgaria. Additionally, Skelton presented her solo exhibition Plastic, with Lilac City Studios in 2017, has been the finalist in Stonevilla Wearable Art Prize 2018 and 2019, and participated in the World of Co.’s Residency in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2019.
Andriana Carney is a Sydney based emerging artist whose practice comprises printmaking, painting, ceramics and fibre work. Their work delves into the fluid and changing relationship that the artist has with their ego, sexuality and gender identity. In their practice the artist references fragmented memories, nostalgic pop culture and everyday observations. Andriana Carney graduated with Honours in Printmedia at Sydney College of the Arts. In 2017 they studied abroad at MassArt (Boston) and in 2019 they were the recipient of the Megalo Graduate Residency Program, Canberra. They have shown with Electrofringe, The Waiting Room Project, Verge Gallery, MiniMart, Gaffa Gallery, and Alpha Gallery.
Caoife Power’s painting and writing practice is driven by language, convalescence, colour and poetry; unpacking multi-sensory perceptions of our environment that speaks to the tensions in contemporary life, and the interrelation between her body and the outside world. Caoife is currently a gallery educator with the National Gallery of Victoria and is also working on a podcast series with Bus Projects titled Out of Bounds. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Honours) from RMIT and Fine Arts/ Arts (Creative Writing) at UNSW. She has exhibited interstate across NSW, Victoria and Tasmania. She was a finalist in the Kudos emerging artist award (2016, 2017) and the Yen Female Art award (2016) and currently a featured artist as part of Melbourne City’s Midsumma Festival.
Caroline Gasteen is a Brisbane based artist whose practice is primarily process-led. She uses collage, photography and paint to generate work. She is particularly interested in colour relationships and dimensionality. Since graduating in 2014 from RMIT, Gasteen has participated in group shows in Melbourne and had her first solo show of paintings at QCA’s Grey St Gallery in Brisbane in 2019. In 2018, she was the overall winner of the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize.
Charles undertakes the exploration of queer identity and complexities that come with it. This is done through recalling and recollecting memory. Through combining identity and memory, he attempts to define and discover the meaning of ‘queer memory’. He attempts to uncover what constitutes particular memories as queer by reimagining unreal amalgamated scenes of the past which reflect the rickety and disjointed nature of long past memories. He seeks out common/recurring motifs and symbolism and creates narrative of both past and present. Utilising textile, paint and sculptural pieces, there is a plethora of materials which assist in capturing a memory and bringing it to life in a scenic format. The materials and fabrics Charles uses are chosen as a means of heightening the experience from the particular setting /memory I am giving physical form to as well as evoking a greater sense of materiality in the work. By utilising certain materials which were present in a particular formative memory, Charles attempts to encapsulate the omnipresent nature of textiles in a scene. Through re-visiting and re-claiming queer narratives and memories of becoming, Charles creates visual stories through a myriad of materials and mixed media.
Claire de Carteret
Claire de Carteret is an emerging artist who studies and works on Gadigal land. Her practice intertwines ceramic & painting disciplines, insisting to push at the borders of fine art, design and craft. Often prioritising the material processes, she approaches art-making like alchemy, transforming and always complicit with materials, be it; oil, clay, pigment, fire, or oxide. Claire imagines her work in relation to others and believes no piece is isolated from, or independent of the labor of another, whether it be the canvas and paint manufacturer, the technician or the kiln firing ... everything is dependent, relational and supported by another. In 2018 she completed one year of studies in Object Design at the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. In 2021, de Carteret will graduate with a dual Bachelor of Fine Arts & Arts from the University of New South Wales.
Ebony Hickey is a Haitian born, Australian contemporary artist with an interest in interrogating concepts of individuality, adoption, sexuality, queerness and black identity. Ebony draws on her life experience to inform the creation of her drawings and expressive sculptural forms, employing a diverse assortment of materials to compose her work. Performance is also an important element of her creative practice. In 2000, Ebony created the drag personality Koko Mass. Koko loves to perform songs with soul and is a bit of a badass who always speaks up and is honest about issues they face in society. Koko challenges perceptions head on whilst also having fun with their audience. Ebony’s practice is bold and politically engaged, responding to issues that affect her communities with a strong visual language she continues to explore. Ebony completed her Masters of Contemporary Art at Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne in 2020.
Having grown up between cultures, Emma Rani Hodges is a second generation Thai-Chinese migrant on their mothers side and a seventh generation English settler on their father’s side. They grew up on unceded Ngunnawal, Ngunawal and Ngambri land. Land and country are important when coming from a diasporic identity. There is a strong desire to find spaces that sit on the margins of urban western development as these spaces often feel like an escape or refuge. Hodges uses the symbol of the Naga to explore this theme. In Thai mythology, the Naga is a serpent that lives in the Mekong river. This place is where Hodges’s mother was born making it personally significant. Culturally this part of Thailand is viewed as a liminal space between the human world and underworld. The Naga is able to cross between the two seamlessly. This has become a potent symbol in Hodges’s work as they feel caught between cultures, and often made to feel monstrous due to their identity. Mixed heritage people are historically pathologized by western culture as being caught between two worlds, destined to never belong in either. By creating work that relies on symbols of transition and transcultural exploration, Hodges carves out space for plural identity to exist as a unified whole.
Florentina is a Sydney based artist and graduate from the National Art School. Aesthetically playful and colourful, their artworks ideologically focus on topics such as body positivity, sex positivity and other current social narratives. Currently Florentina's work is predominantly ceramic focused, but they also engage in performance art, painting and other mediums. Usually comical or endearing at surface value, upon reflection their work touches on various contemporary philosophies. They are extremely excited and grateful to be a part of the I Came To See exhibition!
Helen Shelley lives and works in Sydney. Shelley graduated from the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University with first class honours. In 2015 she graduated from Sydney College of the Arts with a Masters Degree (Research) in Painting. She has held solo exhibitions at Galerie Pompom, Grant Pirrie, Flinders Street Gallery, Canberra Contemporary Art Space and has been included in exhibitions at First Draft Gallery, Casula Powerhouse, Rubicon Ari and James Makin Gallery. Shelley has been a finalist in the Churchie and most recently the Blake Prize. Her practice is concerned with developing personal rituals that bring to mind and honour late loved ones, along with capturing moments of the sublime and transcendental as observed in the everyday.
Lauren O’Connor is a recent graduate of a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the National Art School majoring in painting. She has been a part of many shows around Sydney in artist run spaces and currently works from her studio in Marrickville. Before moving to a career in the arts she worked as extensively in radio and television as a reporter. Her painting practise explores duality - two halves of a whole, parallels and oppositions, through the process of layering she creates a rich field of colour to represent the Australian landscape to its most essential elements. Her practice mainly references her experiences in nature and her unique perspective as a queer, regional woman. Recently she has been working on the South Coast of NSW where she grew up - teaching drawing and painting to preschool children, as part of a Federal Government bushfire arts/therapy grant.
Liam Taylor is an artist living and working on the Dharawhal and Gadigal lands of the Eora nation. Liam has spent a lot of time looking and lurking online in the hope that he might catch a passing glimpse at our contemporary moment. Influenced by this experience of online social relations, he explores how common understandings of authorship, meaning and identity have been renegotiated through these digital networks, with the intention of bringing an awareness to how we're directed and managed through these platforms.
Steph Tsimbourlas is a multi-disciplinary artist based on the stolen land of the Gadigal people. She works across a number of mediums including drawing, ceramics, video, and documentation. Her work often explores fantasy worlds and alternate realities which she creates by weaving together seemingly disparate elements from her personal library. Her personal library is at the core of her practice which she has unintentionally created due to a lifetime of collecting, research spirals and archiving. Her style is heavily influenced by an array of countercultures, bootlegs, fan art, comics, zines and mail art which stems from her deep desire to create art that is accessible to all.
Stuart Bailey works across media including drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and installation. He engages with a kind of disconnection between political awareness and actions. Employing emotional reactions to found political information, his response was more idiosyncratic than activist. Stuart studied Printmedia at Canberra School of Art, Australian National University and Kyoto Seika University, Japan. He has worked nationally and internationally as an artist and curator and in 2005 held the Australia Council Studio Residency in Los Angeles. He currently lectures full-time at Sydney College of the Arts.
Zane Edwards is an emerging artist working on Gadigal Land, completing his study at the National Art School. While practising in the discipline of ceramics, Edwards aims to explore the ritualistic nature of ‘body’, divine psyche and the forever moving. Through forms of text, pictorial signs and semiotic ciphers, Edwards aims to use these historical and cultural symbols to explore the impermanent and the everlasting. Exercising the inquisition of the Ether, and how it is present in the mortality of subjects regarding friendship, ritual, gratitude and spirit. Edwards' fondness of multi-disciplinary work allows himself to express these ideas to viewers in innocence, allowing them access into an unseen of their own.