Michaela Gleave
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Michaela Gleave

Dame Joan Sutherland Fund recipient, Visual Artist 
Origin: Alice Springs, Australia
Currently based: Sydney, Australia

Michaela Gleave is an Australian-based visual artist, whose work has been exhibited extensively across Australia, as well as in Germany, Austria, Hong Kong, Korea and Mexico.  She has participated in residency programs in Berlin, Iceland, regional Australia and Sydney, and was artist-in-residence with the CSIRO’s Astronomy and Space Science Division during 2012/13. Gleave has won numerous grants and prizes, including a Creative Australia Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts, a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grants (emerging and established), and has been granted project support from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, the National Association for the Visual Arts, the City of Melbourne, and the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund. Her recent exhibitions include: ‘A Day is Longer than a Year’ at the Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia (solo), 2013; ‘Our Frozen Moment’ at Performance Space, Sydney (solo), 2013; ‘We Are Made of Stardust‘ as part of Art Futures at the 2012 Hong Kong Art Fair  (solo), 2012; ‘Octopus 11: The Matter of Air’ at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2011); ‘A Perfect Day to Chase Tornadoes (White)’ at the Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin (2010); and ‘Primavera 09’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2009)

Working across a range of media including installation, performance, photography and video, Gleave’s often-temporal works question our relationship to space, matter and time, involving natural phenomena and tricks of perception within the context of the systems and structures that shape our understanding of the universe.  She holds a Master of Fine Arts (Research) from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours First Class) from the School of Art Hobart, UTAS.  Michaela Gleave is represented by Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne.  

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Who are you as an artist?
I am an artist interested in the ways in which we construct our image of reality, exploring the systems and structures that shape and inform our understanding of the universe.  My work is often durational, working with sensory perception, space, time and light to find slippages or 'holes' in the way we structure experience. Working across a range of mediums, and melding fields of as diverse as physics, etymology, agriculture, astronomy, history, and archaeology, the research behind my practice work always leads me in interesting directions.
What prompted you to come to the US?
This is the first time I've been able to visit the US, and I was excited about spending time in New York for the importance of the city within recent art history, for the vibrancy and energy it possesses, and for the wonderful collections housed in museums here.  So many important artists live in this city and it continues to attract people from diverse parts of the globe.

What did your course/project involve?
I am in New York for a four month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), Brooklyn. During the residency I have been developing a number of new works, with two online performance projects the primary outcomes produced during my time here.

What were the highlights of your experience?
It's been wonderful to have an island of time for concentrated studio practice.  Having the time and space to think, develop new projects, and execute significant new works has been wonderful.  New York is a great city to be in as an artist, with always so much going on, but mostly I've really appreciated the dialogue and relationships I've formed with my fellow artists here.  
Where did you find inspiration?
I've spent a lot of time researching while I've been here, and it's been great to have time to pursue the ideas that I'm interested in exploring in my practice at present.  I've attended a lot of talks and engaged in some really interesting discussions with the artists I've met here.  I was also thrilled to visit Columbia University's Nevis Laboratories, where scientists are developing instruments for observing dark matter.  As an artist you can gain access to some incredible facilities and it's always a privilege to meet with these people and talk to them about their work.
What will you take away from this experience?
I've really enjoyed my time here in the US and I look forward to working here in the future.  I've gained new knowledge about a range of different aspects of the art world, but also have a new appreciation for the quality of work being made in Australia and the opportunities we have there.
What is your favorite piece of work that resulted from this experience?
I'm currently executing a 5-month-long research-based performance work called 'The World Arrives at Night' in which I'm exploring the historic, cultural and scientific associations attached to individual stars over the entirety of human history.  The project has been a fascinating experience and has opened up a number of new directions for my work.
What are you currently working on?
As well as the above project I've been developing several performance-based installation works that will be presented in Australia during the second half of 2014 and early 2015.
What is your vision for the future?
Hopefully some of the connections I've made during my time in New York will lead to new projects and future opportunities for my practice.  I've been very fortunate in meeting some really amazing artists, curators and cultural practitioners while in the US and I look forward to an ongoing dialogue with many of them.

What advice would you give other artists aspiring to come to the US?

For me it's been useful to come into the residency program with some set outcomes and projects to be working on, though it's also really important to allow room for new experiences.  New York in particular offers so much to artists in terms of materials, networks, knowledge bases and project opportunities so it's great to have time to explore some of these options.
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