ABOUT GB RESIDENCY
This year's GBiennale resident fellowships have focused on Australian artists who are adapting their projects through the challenging times of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and disruptions. In 2021, part of the residencies was hosted physically at the co-working hub at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI-x) and during the rolling lockdowns as online. We have focused on projects that promote emerging practitioners who intersect practice-based projects created in lockdown.
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Jessica Schwientek is a fine art photographer and educator practicing in Naarm, Melbourne. She holds an honours degree in photography from Deakin University and was the director of NOIR Darkroom and Gallery. Photography is a loose term for Jessica's practice with an emphasis on the alternative and the experimental acknowledging that the photograph does not always portray absolute truth. Predominantly working with photographic film she is drawn to the imperfections and limitations the medium affords.
Project Title: Regarding Consumption
Regarding consumption is a series of moving landscape photographs considering mass consumer culture amidst a dying world. These are comprised of hand-processed analogue imagery and an academic paper contemplating the human psychological need to consume.
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Monique Wright is an Australian artist and animator who addresses the relationship of human impact on the environment in her work through the juxtaposition of colour and subject matter. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Animation) from RMIT University in 2013 and a Bachelor of Creative Arts (hons) from Deakin University. Since graduating, Monique has been working as a freelance creative.
Project Title: Nymphs of Darkness
The residency work will produce a body of illustrative works on paper by investigating the hidden darkness in illustration. The phenomenological elements raised in this work contextualise the negative impact on the environment from human activity through a practice-based methodology. Some of these key elements are manifested through the subject by way of dark-theme approaches chararistic of the structural processes employed in eighteenth-century Gothic literature.