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Artist Statement

Sarah Edwards is an interdisciplinary artist based in Melbourne. Her PhD research - The Museum Hummingbird: Transforming Nature, Creating Wonder - took its inspiration from the methods used by natural history museums to prepare specimens. By appropriating these transformative processes, Sarah questioned our relationship with nature as mediated through natural history collections.

By experimenting with light and sound, Sarah’s artwork examines pre-sixteenth century concepts of the world as represented through mythology, alchemy and poetry. Framed by Foucault's seminal The Order of Things (2007), Sarah reflects on systems that ascribe meaning to the natural world.

Qualifications

2016

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Art, RMIT University. Completed

2009 - 2010

Master of Fine Art, RMIT University

1990

Post Graduate Diploma Art Curatorship, The University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Education (Fine Art), The University of Melbourne

Artistic Endeavours

2017

Phantasmagoria, Bogong Centre for Sound Culture

2016

The Botanic Garden, St Kilda Town Hall, City of Port Phillip

Artist-in-residence, Bongong Centre for Sound Culture, Bogong Village

2015

Through a Glass Darkly, mentorship with artist Rosslynd Piggott, RMIT Gallery

Artist-in-residence, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

2014

Spirit Collection, White Night Festival, Melbourne

terra et fluvius, Outward, School of Art, University of Tasmania

Between Heaven & Earth, MoreArt, Moreland City Council

2013

Sonic City: Liquid Architecture, Carlton Gardens & Melbourne University

Grounded, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick

Echo Chamber, First Site Gallery, RMIT University

Between Heaven & Earth, Melbourne Fringe Festival

2012

Wunderkammer, Leeper Library, Trinity College, University of Melbourne

Wind Up Bird Chronicle, Artisan Books, Fitzroy

Artists for Kids Culture, Brightspace, St Kilda

2011

Cabinet of Curiosities, Leeper Library, Trinity College, University of Melbourne

A 21st Century Wunderkammer, Red Gallery, Fitzroy

Opus, Artisan Books, Fitzroy

2010

Drawing Out: Constellations, RMIT School of Art Gallery

New Collectables: art work selected to promote exhibition, RMIT

re:vision: new art from old, First Site Gallery, RMIT

Marking Time, Brunswick Arts Space, Melbourne Fringe Festival

Postcard Show, Linden Gallery, St Kilda

2009

Shelter: On Kindness, assistant to Professor Fujimori, RMIT Gallery

Art Melbourne, Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton

Post, Place Gallery, Richmond

Between the Lines, Artisan Books, Fitzroy

2008

Finders Keepers: the art of collecting, First Site, RMIT

Into the Fold, Artisan Books, Fitzroy

Exquisite Creatures, Tape Project, Melbourne

Taxi, assistant to Fiona Jack, Project Space, RMIT

2007

Text/txt, Artisan Books, Fitzroy

City of Port Phillip Business Awards, commissioned artist

2006

Southside Arts, Hon. John Thwaites Parliamentary Offices

Represented artist, Anne Middleton Art Gallery, Albert Park

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