Louise Meuwissen is a Narrm Melbourne based artist working in textiles, embroidery, sculpture and installation. Meuwissen collects discarded objects linked to material and consumer culture that are typically targeted at feminine consumer audiences, and designed to be disposed of in rapid fashion. Through traditional women’s home craft techniques of sewing, beading and embroidery, the materials are reconstructed and laboriously transformed to create maximalist voids which mimic natural systems. The dense, intricately complicated and grotesque forms are a veneration and disarming of decoration and ornament, which engage with ideas of adornment, luxury, consumption and waste.                 

 

Born 1990 in Narrm Melbourne, Australia
Lives and works in Narrm Melbourne, Australia   

 

EDUCATION

2013 University of Melbourne, Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) (Printmaking)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS, DUO & COLLABORATIVE EXHIBITIONS
2018 yourheartisahousewiththedoorleftopen, collaboration with Glenn Barkley, Installation Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, Eveleigh
Ecologies of Time, with Ebony Gulliver, Rubicon ARI, North Melbourne
2017  Parasite, Docklands Library,  Docklands, Victoria
 Complete Me, with Annie Gobel, Junior Space, Fitzroy, Victoria
 In Common, with Bianca Marvick, Guild of Objects, North Melbourne, Victoria
 Slash Panache – GALLOP WALLOP, with Milo Gluth, Lord Coconut supported by Craft Victoria’s Craft Cubed Festival, Melbourne, Victoria
 Biotic, with Petra Nicel, Courthouse Youth Arts, Geelong, Victoria
2016  Place to Dwell, with Lotte Schwerdtfeger, Julia Street Creative Space, Portland, Victoria
 Slash Panache, with Milo Gluth Online Project in association with Craft Victoria’s Craft Cubed Festival
2015  Cocoon, with Aniquah Stevenson & Georgia Anson, Earthskin Muriwai, New Zealand
2014  Clutch, Hell Art Space, The Liberty Social, Melbourne
 Intense Intents, In Tents, with Lotte Schwerdtfeger, Seventh Gallery, Fitzroy
2013  It all comes from the Earth, Vitrine, George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018 Meditation on a Bone: Albert Tucker Beyond the Modern curated by Glenn Barkley, Heidi Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen
  In Bloom, curated by Made` Spencer-Castle & Jeremy Eaton, Spring 1883, Hotel Windsor, Melbourne
2017  Conversation, Monsalvat, Eltham
2015  Animal/Mineral/Physical/Spiritual, Curated by Chloe Wolifson, The Bearded Tit Creative Space, Sydney
 Bluestone, Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West, Maribyrnong
Ritual Geology, Topshelf Gallery, Melbourne
 Victorian Craft Award, Craft Victoria, Melbourne
2014 Soul Sisters, Merri Creek Studio, Thornbury
Groundup, N/A Space, East Brunswick
Artist's Books, Reprised, George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne
Artificial World, Space 32 - Creative Hub, South Yarra
Fresh!, Craft Victoria, Melbourne

Residencies & Awards
2018  Police Point Residency Scholarship, Portsea, Victoria
2017  Shortlisted Finalist in The Nillumbik Prize, Montsalvat, Eltham
 Shortlisted Finalist in the Victorian Craft Awards, Victoria
2016  Portland Artist in Residence Scholarship, Portland, Victoria
 Australian Tapestry Workshop, Artist in Residence, South Melbourne
 Shortlisted Finalist in The Nillumbik Prize, Montsalvat, Eltham
2015  Earthskin; Creative Artist in Residence Scholarship, Earthskin Muriwai, New Zealand
 Shortlisted Finalist in the Victorian Craft Awards, Victoria
2014  Dumbo Feather Award, Dumbo Feather in association with Craft Victoria’s Fresh! 2014

Selected Performances
2013  Output, E.B Myer Space, Melbourne – Masterclass outcome with Mikala Dwyer & Ballet Lab
2013  Museums Cave in to Radical Feminists(2012), by Guerrilla Girls; Opening night performance at Backflip: Feminism and Humour on Contemporary Art, Margaret Lawrence Gallery,  Melbourne

Bibliography
Australian Tapestry Workshop Artist in Residency: Artist Talk
The Northsider: Meet the maker| Louise Meuwissen
Unveiling Contemporaries: Louise Meuwissen
Black Mark | Melbourne Art & Culture Critic: Random Gertrude Street
Dumbo Feather feature article: Louise Meuwissen is an emerging Crafter and Artist
Craft Victoria Craft Cubed: Artist Interview