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CAROLYN MENZIES

My work often incorporates unusual and diverse materials and a fascination with processes of transformation. I'm currently making with steel. If steel is a hallmark of modern sculpture then my use of steel wool and mesh gently subverts this legacy. My steel is a  domesticated house steel -  strong and abrasive but also delicate, soft. While the work has an ordered beauty the materials themselves are repellent with the idea of touch - creates an uneasy attraction.

 

Sculpture and domesticity collide to create intricate curling and coiling steel forms that emerge from the walls and ceiling. The coil suggests an energy contained - this feeling of restraint heighted by the use of weighs in places. In other works the coils appear loose and open, like a seedpods, releasing an exuberance of unfurled steel.

Born in New Zealand, I studied sculpture at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts. A travel grant from Creative New Zealand allowed me to travel to the UK where I completed my MA at Central Saint Martins, London, in 2001. I have exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.

I live in Melbourne, Australia with my partner and two children.

EXHIBITIONS

Solo Exhibitions

2019  Immaterial, Gallery 1, Unitec, Auckland

2019  Morphogenesis, Tinning Street Presents, Brunswick, Melbourne

2018  Adhere, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney
2017  Embedded, Angela Robarts-Bird Gallery, Gasworks Art Park, Melbourne
2017  If I Knew Now What I Knew Then, Arcade, Footscray
2016  Lucid Blooms, Trocadero Art Space, Footscray
2015  Pre-emptive Nostalgia, Angela Robarts-Bird Gallery, Gasworks Art Park

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1999  Ultrasight, Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North

1999  Pulse, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
1997  Sleep, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
1995  Tides of the Heart, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch

1995  Surfacing, Vavasour Godkin Gallery, Auckland

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019  Deakin Contemporary Small Sculpture Award 2019, Deakin University

2018  From Nature 18, Gasworks Art Park

2017  Women for Women: Making Space, The Artist Guild, The District, Docklands
2017  From Nature 17 - outdoor organic sculpture exhibition, Gasworks Art Park
2017  Sweet FA, Trocadero Arts Building, Footscray
2016  From Nature - outdoor organic sculpture exhibi9on, Gasworks Art Park, Melbourne

2016  Linden Postcard Show 2016, Linden New Art, St Kilda, Melbourne

2015  Art After Dark, Smart Artz Gallery, Melbourne & Ambush Gallery, Sydney

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2002  Light Sensitive, Century Gallery, ACAVA, London
1998  Embody, Robert McDougall Art Annex, Christchurch
1997  Water, Water Everywhere, Hawke’s Bay Museum, Napier

1996  Pins and Needles, Suter Art Gallery, Nelson
1995  Inside the Solid, Robert McDougall Art Annex, Christchurch

1995  Praxis, South Island Art Projects
1995  Occupation, Site-specific art exhibi9on, Christchurch Arts Center

1994  By Invitation Only, South Island Art Projects
1994  Little Jewels, AMBA, NZ Festival of the Arts, Wellington
1994  Group Show, Vasasour Godkin Gallery, Auckland
1993  T’arting Up Town, Christchurch Community Arts Council Project

1993  Nature TaToo, High Street, Gallery, Christchurch

 

Qualifications

2001  Master of Fine Art, Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design, London

1991  Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts, NZ

 

Awards and Scholarships

1996  Travel Grant, Creative New Zealand
1993  Crown Jewels, Sculpture Residency, Queen Mary Hospital, Hamner Springs, NZ

1991  Ethel Rose Overton, University of Canterbury
1991  Rosemary Johnson Muller, University of Canterbury

Publications, Reviews and Essays

2019  Gina Ferguson, Senior Lecturer, Curator Gallery One, Unitec, Immaterial show catalogue

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2001  Jennifer Hay, ‘Life Flow’, The Christchurch Press, November 14, p37
1999  Robyn Ussher, ‘Take Pick from Plenty’, The Christchurch Press, May 26, p19
1998  Priscilla Pihs, ‘Contemporary New Zealand Sculpture’, David Bateman Ltd, Auckland, p39

1996  Jonathan Bywater, ‘ Pins and Needles’, The Suter Gallery, Nelson, pgs 5-6
1995  Justin Paton, ‘Carolyn Menzies, Kristy Gorman, Andrea Gerbic’, Art New Zealand, vol 4