Monday 20 September 2021
Perrin Millard is an interdisciplinary artist exploring the freedom of painting across multimedia including digital, performance, photography, theatre, and sculpture. Using interactive experiences, she interrogates the shifting acquaintance we have with art history by connecting contemporary art practices with classical and art-historical methodologies. Through the elemental phenomena of the sky, Millard explores the familiarity we have with our natural world to evoke memory, emotion, physical responses, and to reflect on how our senses can hold onto past experiences. This constant, yet changing face of nature provides a means of addressing atemporality, spatiality, natural forces, and our place in the world.
Perrin commenced classical art training in 2008, completed a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2019 - receiving three academic excellence awards - and is currently enrolled in a BFA Honours Program at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. She has been involved in multiple solo and group exhibitions, held at Pop Gallery, Percolator Gallery, KEPK Studios, Vacant Assembly, and an active member of Switchboard Arts. Perrin’s work has been selected as both recipient and finalist for a number of prestigious art prizes including the South Australian Museum Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, and the Mandorla Art Awards her work shortlisted for the Mandorla traveling exhibition. After teaching painting and drawing at Lilly-Lee Gallery for five years she now manages her own art class business.
During her residency Perrin invited a series of cross-disciplinary artists to the table, to frame a discussion around process and materiality from an artist standpoint. A diverse lineup of artists spoke across a variety of artistic mediums, such as painting, sculpture, installation, sound, theatre and ceramics. While non-medium specific, this discussion closely explored how one’s medium can affect the message, and in turn explored the unique possibilities and power of sculpture.
"I’m interested in a panel discussion that pertains to the expansion or overarching of disciplines, and the broad capacity of medium specificity. This is an interesting concept for me being a painter that expands work into other disciplines, in particular sculpture” - Perrin Millard
Guest speakers included: Lincoln Austin, Glen Henderson Jody Rallah (in absence), and Michelle Vine.
Lincoln Austin is predominately a sculpture/installation artist who also incorporates new media in his work. His practice draws on Physics, Mathematic, and Geometry - the optical effects these can create, and their activation of a space. One of the wonderful elements of Lincoln work is the focus on the intrinsic or real qualities of the materials he employs, and how they can create a participatory engagement with the viewer. Lincoln has been represented by Andrew Baker Galleries for eighteen years, and has had his work shown in GOMA, QUT Museum, QLD Art Gallery, Griffith Art Gallery. He is currently exhibiting an extraordinary 20-year retrospective, curated by Samantha Littley, at the Ipswich Art Gallery, on until the 8th August. Lincoln has a significant public art work collection, including 'Standing' a large-scale sculpture in the Ipswich CBD and 'Ebb and Flow' that runs along the bike path from Newstead, through the City, to Toowong. He has been the recipient of multiple prizes, grants and residencies in his long career, including three-month residency in the British School at Rome through the Australian Council for the Arts; and an artist exchange in Sichuan, China.
Glen Henderson is an interdisciplinary artist with a long working history as a painter, sculptor and digital media artist. Her work is an interplay of multiple art forms working across mediums. With a Master in Fine Arts, Glen was also a sculpture lecturer for many years at QUT, a post-graduate supervisor for Charles Stuart University, and a visiting lecturer for the University of Sydney and the University of West Sydney Colleges of Arts. She has been represented in galleries both here and overseas, with work also shown at Federation Square in Melbourne, the IMA, Museum of Brisbane, University of Queensland Museum, and the Powerhouse in Brisbane and Sydney.
Glen has had an extensive public art presence including orchestrating and curating a number of large public art collaborations – such as the Tekhne project that generated collaborations between contemporary artists and architectural firms within the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Brisbane. Glen has been the recipient of prestigious prizes, residences, and over a dozen grants. Her work includes projections for Brisbane Festival, OxAsia Festival Adelaide, and is discussed in publications such as Art and Australia, Eyeline, Art Monthly, Monument, and the XCommunicate Symposium UNSW. Apart from an impressive CV Glen is known as being a wonderful patron of the arts; promoting and supporting artists of all levels and disciplines within the art community; regularly attending openings and events; and sharing her wealth of knowledge.
Michelle Vine is an emerging installation artist whose current practice is centred on physical touch. Vine’s work brings awareness to this often overlooked sense, disrupting the usual dominance of sight in visual arts. Using a phenomenological approach, informed by affect theory and sensory neuroscience, Vine works with gallery visitors’ tactile sense, and with her own, as a primary material in collaborative artmaking. Her sensual tactile installations incorporate discrete objects and embraceable soft sculptures, building them into ever-evolving recreational playgrounds that tempt the body to touch, and rekindle deeper connections to self through the skin. A key goal of Vine’s practice is to create playful, positive, embodied art experiences that allow for greater inclusion for audiences of diverse ages and sensory abilities.
In 2019 Vine graduated from QCA with her BFA (First Class Honours & University Medal). She is currently studying a Master of Mental Health, majoring in Art Therapy. Recent exhibition highlights include Hatched 2020 National graduate exhibition (Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, WA); Drawn Thread: 50 years of Feminism and Fibre (Artisan); and Touch and Tactility in Art, Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St Louis. She has also shown work at the World Science Festival (QLD Museum) and Artspace Mackay, and completed residencies for the Museum of Brisbane and House Conspiracy. Vine is currently working on a large-scale solo exhibition for Nov 2021-Jan 2022 commissioned by Caboolture Regional Gallery.
Jody Rallah is an emerging Indigenous Australian artist who works across, object making, sculptural installation, painting, sound, performance, and community practices. A descendent of the Biri Gubba, Warangu and Yuggera peoples Jody explores how processes of making can be used to create conversations spanning between generations to connect community, open dialogues, and celebrate cultural wealth. Jody incorporates materiality and experiences into her work reflecting on how they can affect relationships between peoples, place, space and time.
Jody a New Columbo and a Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art Alumni, was also selected by Griffith University as one of just 24 National Graduates to exhibit at Perth’s Institute of Contemporary Art. She is now completing her Honours Program at CAIA Queensland College of Arts, Griffith University. Jody has participated in the Pacific Arts Association 13th Symposium, a series of group exhibitions including Onespace, St Vincent Hospital, and Griffith University Grey St and Webb Galleries. She has been a panellist for Metro arts and her work has been discussed in Vault magazine and the Journal of Australian Ceramics, where she was also the artists in conversation for online discussions. An active member of the Digi Youth Arts and the recipient of the Young, Black and Proud ATSICS Scholarship, a peer mentor for first year university students, Jody is inspiring the next generation. Recently Jody was invited to hold a solo exhibition at Milani Gallery in their car park installation space.
‘The Transition Of Light’ was a one-night-only immersive sound installation developed by our resident Perrin Millard. This exhibition was the culmination of Perrin's 3 month residency with SQ and it explored the beauty and harmony that comes from in-between moments. 'The Transition of Light' was made in collaboration with Matt Page who provided a sound element. This work and exhibition was the outcome from perrins explorations into 'the transition of disciplines' and of art histories, and of how we view changes throughout time by recognising the unique experiences present during the transition between night and day.