LOUISE meuwissen

 

louise.meuwissen@gmail.com

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Louise Meuwissen is a Melbourne based artist working in textiles, embroidery, sculpture and installation. Meuwissen’s practice utilises discarded objects linked to material and consumer culture to create intricate, ugly works. These collected materials are usually adornments and accessories targeted at a feminine consumer audience, 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 slowly transformed. The results are laboriously created works intuitively contrived to mimic natural systems. The dense, complicated and grotesque forms are a glorification and disarming of decoration and ornament, and question contemporary and historical understandings of femininity. Vested in sustainability and tactility at an intersection of Craft and Art, Meuwissen’s work usually operates as at least two things at once. Simultaneously a representation of desirability and repulsiveness; celebration and disdain; functionality and pure form; natural and not.

 

 

Louise Meuwissen (b.1990, Australia)          

Education

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

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

Solo Exhibitions and Collaborative Exhibitions
2017  Parasite, Docklands Library, supported by Craft Victoria’s Craft Cubed Festival,  Docklands, Victoria
2017  Complete Me, with Annie Gobel, Junior Space, supported by Craft Victoria’s Craft Cubed Festival, Fitzroy, Victoria
2017  In Common, with Bianca Marvick, Guild of Objects, supported by Craft Victoria’s Craft Cubed Festival, North Melbourne, Victoria
2017  Slash Panache – GALLOP WALLOP, with Milo Gluth, Lord Coconut supported by Craft Victoria’s Craft Cubed Festival, Melbourne, Victoria
2017  Biotic, with Petra Nicel, Courthouse Youth Arts, Geelong, Victoria
2016  Place to Dwell, with Lotte Schwerdtfeger, Julia Street Creative Space, Portland, Victoria
2016  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
2014  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
2017  Victorian Craft Award, Craft Victoria, Melbourne
2017  The Nillumbik Prize, Montsalvat, Eltham
2017  Conversation, Monsalvat, Eltham
2016  The Nillumbik Prize, Montsalvat, Eltham
2015  Animal/Mineral/Physical/Spiritual, Curated by Chloe Wolifson, The Bearded Tit Creative Space, Sydney
2015  Bluestone, Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West, Maribyrnong
2015  Ritual Geology, Topshelf Gallery,  supported by Craft Victoria’s Craft Cubed Festival, Melbourne
2015  Victorian Craft Award, Craft Victoria, Melbourne
2015  A Members' Exhibition of Ceramic Work, Kumeu Arts Centre, Kumeu, New Zealand
2014  Soul Sisters, Merri Creek Studio, Thornbury
2014  Groundup, N/A Space, East Brunswick
2014  Artist's Books, Reprised, George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne
2014  Artificial World, Space 32 - Creative Hub, South Yarra
2014  Fresh!, Craft Victoria, Melbourne
2014  Imaginings, K&N Creative Studio, Richmond
2014  Hello Summer, The Soap Bar, Carlton
2013  VCA Graduate Exhibition, Painting Department, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne
2013  Inhabitation, VCA Gallery, Melbourne
2013  CO-ED,  VCA Gallery, Melbourne (co-curator of VCA Painting Department exhibition)
2012  PROUD, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne
2012  Fifty Shades of White, VCA Gallery, Melbourne

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