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10 – 19 November 2016
Opening Wednesday 9 November, 6–8pm

“In these works the materiality of physical, auditory and visual geographies is encountered and assembled through haptic experience. These encounters are translated and embodied through the activity of making, involving the transformation of materials through repetitious acts into abstracted surfaces. These surfaces are haunted by the memory of concrete terrains traversed on a daily basis, from an urban realm to the rural landscapes of my past.”

Factory 49 49 Shepherd Street Marrickville NSW 2204 Sydney, Australia

Thu –Sat, 1–6pm
(+61 2) 9572 9863
factory49@optusnet.com.au
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I am a Sydney based artist who was born in 1974 and grew up on a diary farm in rural NSW, Australia. I predominantly work with cotton pulp as my medium, which is sourced from reused cotton clothing and domestic cloth. The pulp medium is made through a beating process, which occurs in a machine called a Hollander; the cotton pulp medium is sprayed onto silk screens and wall surfaces with a compressor and a mortar sprayer to create my work. This is a unique process that I have developed myself over time.

In my practice I am investigating the use of techniques, processes, imagery, and material languages to explore and describe an imaginative space between the everyday experiences of my urban surroundings and the rural environment in which I grew up. I approached this investigation by first exploring the sense of familiarity that occurs for me when making work connected to the repetitive tasks, daily routines, mechanical soundscapes, and other sensory aspects of work on a farm. In then contrast this with imagery taken from urban streetscapes of concrete surfaces and textures experienced while traversing the inner city environment. 

At present doing a Masters in Fine Arts by research at Sydney College of the Arts. I have three exhibitions coming up in Sydney in the next 4 months, 9th-22nd of August at Sydney College of the Arts Gallery, 7th- 25th  September at Arc Gallery in Darlinghurst, and Factory 49 Gallery, Marrickville from the 9th-30th of November. 
 

Check out my latest news on my blog below.

http://melissajharvey.blogspot.com

Cirriculum Vitae


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016       Factory 49 Gallery, Marrickville,  happening in November
2014       Pulped, Marrickville Garage, Marrickville          
2014       20/20, Breeze Block, Kings Cross
2012       Letters From The Road, Dank Street Gallery, Waterloo
2011       An Intimate Distance, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Sydney
2009      The Dance, Ivory Street Gallery, Artisan, Brisbane        
2008      Threads, M.A.D Gallery, Newtown, Sydney
2007      Obsessions, Craft Queensland Gallery, Brisbane             
2005      Dwelling, Medium Rare Gallery, Redfern, Sydney
2004      A Collection, Caddies Café, Lismore, NSW  

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016        Arc Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney
2016        Sydney College of the Arts, Graduate School Gallery Program Exhibition
2015        Green Way Art Prize Exhibition, ESP Gallery, Highly Commended
2015        Blacktown Art Prize Exhibition, Blacktown Art Centre
2015        Fishers Ghost Prize Exhibition, Cambelltown Arts Centre
2014        Blacktown Art Prize Exhibition, Blacktown Art Centre
2014        Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Camperdown
2013        Blacktown Art Prize Exhibition, Blacktown Art Centre
2012        Blacktown Art Prize Exhibition, Blacktown Art Centre
2011        Blacktown Art Prize Exhibition, Blacktown Art Centre           
2011        Seeds, Botanical Gardens, Sydney
2011        Inside Out, Hazelhurst Gallery, Hazelhurst
2009        Codex 7 - Read between the lines, SCU Next Art Gallery, Lismore
2009        Flora, Noosa Regional Art Gallery, Caloundra
2007        Tapestry, Tap Gallery, Sydney
2004        Unleashed, Craft Queensland Gallery, Brisbane            

INVITATION EXHIBITIONS
 
2012       ESP Gallery, MACP Exhibition, (Prize Winner)
2005       Orison and Blake, Surry Hills, Sydney
2004       Counter Art, The Affordable Art Show, Sydney                                                
2004       Unleashed, Craft Queensland Gallery, Queensland     

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Residency
2009      Codex 7, Southern Cross University, Lismore
2008      Codex 6, Southern Cross University, Lismore
2007      Winsome Jobling Studio, Darwin
 
Grants

2009     Janet Holmes of Court 
            
Private Collectors

Sam Crawford Architects, Sydney
Brian Zulika Architects, Surry Hills, Sydney 
Craft Queensland Gallery, Queensland                                    
Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW 

Prizes
2014      Environmental Award – Blacktown Art Prize
2012      ESP Gallery, MACP Exhibition, (Prize Winner) 
 
PUBLICATIONS

Avant card, Melissa J Harvey, January 23, 2013    
Art Collector, Letters From The Road, October 2012
The Courier Mail, “Good Life”, Feb 10th, 2004
The Sunday Mail, “People and Places”, Feb 15th, 2004, pg. 77
The Northern Rivers Echo, “Pulp Fiction”, March 4th, 2004, pg.3

EDUCATION

2015 -Present      Master in Fine Arts at Sydney college of The Arts
2014                     Steps Towards Better Writing Advanced at The University of Sydney
2013                     Drawing your visual language at The National Art School of Sydney
2005                     Certificate IV in Work Place Training
2003                     Bachelor of Visual Art (Printmaking) at Southern Cross University

Press Releases

Art Collectors Journal

http://www.artcollector.net.au/MelissaJHarveyLettersfromtheRoad