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
Friends, curated by Gonzalo Ceballos, The Band Presents, Docklands Art Collective, Melbourne
TRAIN/ENNIAL, C3 Annual Fundraiser, C3 Gallery, Abbotsford
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 AND 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

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & EXPERIENCE
2017-Present Co-Director, Mailbox Art Space, Melbourne, Vic, Aus
2014-Present Front of House, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, Vic, Aus
2018 Guest Tutor, Final Collection Critic and Advice, School of Fashion and Textiles, RMIT Tafe
Gallery Assistant, Spring 1883, Darren Knight Gallery, Melbourne, Vic, Aus
Workshop Assistant Facilitator, Spotlight Makers Pavilion, Art Craft and Cookery, Royal Melbourne Show, Melbourne Vic, Aus
2017 Guest Tutor, Final Collection Critic and Advice & Marketing, School of Fashion and Textiles, RMIT Tafe
Craft Advice Clinic, Practice Advice, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, Vic Aus
Craft Advice Clinic, Product and Retailing Advice, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, Vic Aus
Fresh! 2018 Project Co-ordinator, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, Vic Aus
Art Tour, Culture Scouts, Cremorne Arts Precinct, Cremorne, Vic, Aus
2016 Fresh! 2017 Project Co-ordinator, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, Vic Aus
2015 Fresh! 2016 Selection Panalist, Craft Victoria, Melboune Vic
2014 Gallery Assistant, N/A Space, Brunswick, Vic, Aus
2012 Public Floor Talk, Essay on ‘Tender are the Stairs to Heaven’ by Yayoi Kusama, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Aus


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