Artists

Vicki Couzens

Vicki Couzens is a Keerray Wurrong woman from the Western District of Victoria. Vicki says “My work is inspired by my culture. It is my passion for the reclamation, regeneration and revitalisation of our cultural heritage knowledge and practices that drives me and informs the work that I do. The images and installations I create are drawn from the teachings of our Ancestors, Old People and Elders who guide me through my life.

Land, language and identity are who we are … through the use of language, stories and image our culture is made stronger, our connections are made stronger, we are made stronger.”

Lesley Duxbury

Lesley Duxbury was born in Accrington, UK, and attended Lancaster College of Art and Maidstone College of Art, where she completed a BA, before emigrating to Australia in 1983. Initially working at the Victorian Print Workshop as a printer and curator, Lesley later taught at a number of tertiary institutions in Victoria and Western Australia, and is currently the director of postgraduate research in the School of Art at RMIT University, Melbourne. Lesley undertook an MA in Visual Art at Curtin University in WA and completed a PhD at RMIT University in 2004.

Lesley is an artist who uses Printmedia to make work that addresses issues concerning the natural environment, in particular the atmosphere and its phenomena, which she explores through work that emulates and recreates our experiences and perception of it. The phenomenological experiences of extended walks in remote landscapes, during which Lesley takes photographs and makes extensive notes, are the impetus for her investigations.

She has held solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney and been included in more than 50 group exhibitions in Australia including: Clouded Over at the Lawrence Wilson Gallery, UWA; Print Matters at the Fremantle Arts Centre; Melt at Sydney University Gallery; Constable and Australia at the National Gallery of Australia; and Proof at the National Gallery of Victoria; and internationally in Korea, Austria and Hong Kong. She has been the recipient of the Australia Council VACB studio residency in Paris and completed a large public art commission for Edith Cowan University in Perth. Her work is held in all major public collections in Australia.

Ruth Johnstone

Ruth Johnstone spent her early years in the Western District of Victoria where her undergraduate art education began in Warrnambool, followed by RMIT and a subsequent relocation to Melbourne. She completed a Master of Art in Dublin and a PhD through the School of Art at RMIT University in 2004 where she is currently a senior lecturer.

She has been the recipient of several international artists’ residencies in Italy, Republic of Ireland and most recently Northern Ireland as artist in residence at the Belfast Print Workshop, where she also curated the exhibition ReVisioning Australia for the 2008 Belfast Festival.

Ruth works in the fields of print, sculpture and installation. She has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally since 1982, with 60 curated exhibitions in Australia, Austria, Ireland, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, The Phillipines and the United Kingdom. Recent exhibitions include Shared Sky at The Ian Potter Centre at NGV Australia, Darwin’s Bastards at Verge Gallery, University of Sydney, and Double Life at Project Space, RMIT University, Melbourne, along with the associated recently published Double Life book. Her work is in the Australian national art collections of Parliament House and the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra and state collections of New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria and in international collections, including the print collection of the British Museum. She has completed seven art commissions in Australia and Ireland.

Seth Keen

Seth Keen is a lecturer in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University. He holds a Master of Arts (by Thesis) and is currently in candidature on a project-based PhD (Communication). Seth is a media artist whose practice focuses on a form of environmental portraiture that documents the relationships people have with place. He works with video and software to explore hybrid approaches towards documentary narrative on the Internet. His practice brings together industry experience in graphic design and broadcast documentary with social media developments. In a recent project, he developed in partnership with World Vision Australia a model for documenting development aid programs using online video. Seth has written, directed and produced a number of primetime television documentaries, short drama films and experimental videos that have been exhibited in Australia and screened in international festivals.

Gini Lee

Gini Lee is a landscape architect and interior designer and is professor of Landscape Architecture at Queensland University of Technology. She is the current executive editor of the IDEA Journal of the Interior Design / Interior Architecture Educators Association. Until early 2008 she was a researcher and lecturer in spatial interior design and cultural landscape studies at the Louis Laybourne Smith School of Architecture and Design, University of South Australia. Her PhD entitled “The Intention to Notice: the collection, the tour and ordinary landscapes” investigated ways in which landscapes and interiors are incorporated into the cultural understandings of individuals and communities through ephemeral thinking.

Jenny Lowe

Jenny Lowe trained as an architect and has used various forms of art practice, including performance (with arts council funding in the United Kingdom), painting and installation, as research and inter-disciplinary collaboration for her architectural design. Jenny has combined teaching, research and practice to promote an understanding of the earth and its unfolding dynamics as the “site” of a recent human inhabitation that might work with respectful, creative co-existence. More recently her practice has critically focused on earth–human relationships within the current dynamics of global warming. She has received public funding in the United Kingdom for this research and exhibited in the UK and Australia. Jenny recently returned from a long period of educating and practising in the UK, where she was an academic program leader in the Faculty of Arts and Architecture at the University of Brighton. She is currently researching and teaching design at RMIT.

Marion Manifold

Marion Manifold is a printmaker and has a PhD which explores identity and female body imaging. She has received many awards including the prestigious Shell Fremantle Print Award 2001, the Silk Cut Acquisitive Award 2008, and the Geelong Print Acquisitive Award 2008. She was awarded the Australia Council for the Arts Paris Residency 2008, and has participated in other residencies, including the Print Council of Australia and RMIT Summer Residency in 2005.

Marion was born in Melbourne but has lived in regional Victoria for the last 35 years. She has an extensive exhibition history, including the solo exhibitions Of Essence and Lace Trimmings 2003 at Fremantle Arts Centre in Western Australia, Exquisite 2006 at Warrnambool Art Gallery, Victoria, and Sub Rosa 2001 at Glen

Eira Gallery, Melbourne. Her work is held in the National Gallery of Australia and major public collections across Australia and overseas.

Laurene Vaughan

Laurene Vaughan is an associate professor in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University and research leader within the RMIT Design Research Institute. Since 2005 she has been project leader and researcher within ACID, the Australasian CRC for Interaction Design. Originally coming from an art and design education background with a major

in sculpture, Laurene has built a career as practising artist, designer and educator in Australia and internationally. Within her practice she endeavours to explore and comment on the interactive and situated nature of human experience, particularly the ways in which we create and articulate the experience of place. For the past five years she has been investigating the historical and cultural evolution of vernacular artefacts, their making and their meaning. She enjoys identifying the unexpected within our everyday lives and then re-presenting this through images, words and artefacts.

Kit Wise

Kit Wise is a graduate of Oxford University and the Royal College of Art, and worked as an artist in London, Paris, New York and Rome before settling in Melbourne in 2002. In 2006 he undertook an Australia Council Tokyo Studio residency. He has curated a number

of international touring exhibitions and also writes for national and international art journals such as Continuum, Artlink, un Magazine and Frieze. Working primarily with found-object based sculpture, installation, digital animation and web-based imagery, Kit has exhibited nationally and internationally. His work shown in Viewpoints and Viewing Points: 2009 Asian Art Biennial (Taiwan) and Experimenta Utopia Now: 2010 International Biennial of Media Art (Melbourne) addressed the increasingly fluid or plastic condition of the work of art and the place of art and artist in contemporary culture. He is currently the acting head of Fine Art in the Faculty of Art & Design at Monash University.

Carmel Wallace

Carmel Wallace is a practising artist whose work has spanned printmaking, installation and assemblage since 1990. Her art focuses on the advantages of a multi-disciplinary exploration of place and its ramifications for environmental awareness and ethics. She gained her PhD in 1999 and has held lecturing positions at the University of the Sunshine Coast and Deakin University. Residencies include those undertaken at the University of Tasmania, the Santa Reparata Graphic Art Studio in Florence, and the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York. In 2004 Carmel co-curated Surface Tension, a printmaking exchange exhibition shown in New York and Melbourne. Recent major projects include co-coordinating and participating in the Great South West Walk Art Project, which involved eight artists walking the 270 kilometre track and producing works for the exhibition Walk which toured Australia through NETS and VISIONS. Carmel’s work has been selected for national exhibitions including the Blake Prize and the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She is currently a finalist in the Montalto Sculpture Prize in Victoria. Her work is held in corporate and private collections both in Australia and internationally. Acquisitions include the National Library of Australia, the State Library of Victoria, and The Silk Cut Collection in the National Gallery of Australia. Carmel is represented by Gallery 101 Melbourne.