Talitha Kennedy

Visual artist based in Sydney, Australia.

Through process driven practice I consider the necessary destruction of things to make the new. My work is guided by an aesthetic of fecundity where creative forces are in eternal flux between the living and dying.

I work intuitively with black leather, I cut and stitch and stuff this co­­rporeal material to re-flesh it into organic soft sculptures. I have a vague vision of the presence of the thing that I am compelled to make then I surrender to the process to bring it into being. In a similar way, I meditatively scratch ink marks on crumpled paper, mapping out an illusory skin. Resulting sculptures, installations and drawings evoke uncanny hybrids of plant, body and landscape that hint at desire and fear of entropic nature.

There is a shadow of guilt in the things I create, a sense of penance for the will to survive that has led human culture to attempt to dominate the natural environment. Making my shadowy tactile works is like feeling blindly for the tenuous skin of the visible that connects us to the world.

Talitha has exhibited in artist run spaces, contemporary art organisations and commercial galleries throughout Australia. In 2011 Talitha completed Masters by Research in Creative Arts at Charles Darwin University with an APA and awarded a Qantas Foundation Encouragement of Contemporary Art Award. With assistance from Qantas Foundation and Australia Council ArtStart Talitha visited Aboriginal communities through North Australia, assisted at Documenta 13 Germany, undertook a residency in New York, travelled through Europe and held studio residencies in Melbourne, Adelaide and regional NSW.

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STUDIES

2009 - 2012 Master by Research in Visual Art, Charles Darwin University, Darwin

1997 - 2001 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design (Honours), RMIT University, Melbourne

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017  

Through Skin, Umbrella Studio Contemporary Art, Townsville

Flesh in a hard place, Interlude Gallery, Sydney

2014  

Pervasive Flesh, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin

Botany of the Heart, Nomad Art Gallery, Darwin

2013  

Hand Held Lands, Nomad Art Gallery, Darwin

2012  

Tricky Terrain, Darwin Visual Arts Association Inc (DVAA), Darwin

2011

A homemaker’s guide to the Wilderness, Nan Giese Gallery, Charles Darwin University, Darwin

2009  

New World Romance, Box Set, 24HR Art: NT Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin

As a bird, Darwin Experimental Art Space (DEAF) Space, Darwin

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017As long as the night is dark (curated by Simon Pericich), Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW and MARS Gallery, Melbourne

2016Drawing to an end, MARS Gallery, Melbourne

2015Make Believe (with Min Wong), Blindside ARI, Melbourne

          Something about Multiphrenia (curated by Jonathan McBurnie), Drawing International Symposium, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane

2014Not Fair, Pop-up venue Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne

            A General Map of Caves (curated by Tia McIntyre), Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, NSW

            RendezVoodoo (curated by Brigid Noone), Fontanelle, Adelaide

2013Bah Humbug, D11 ARI, Melbourne

            Envisioning Gods (curated by Siying Zhou), Rubicon ARI, Melbourne

            It is what it is (curated by Tia McIntyre), Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, NSW

            ThingShow (curated by Ben Leslie), Fontanelle, Adelaide

2012  End of the World, Fontanelle, Adelaide

            New Territories, 24HR Art: NT Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin

            TogArt Contemporary Art Award, Chan Contemporary Art Space, Darwin

            Art on Wheels, DVAA mobile project, Darwin

           Open Studios, Point B. Worklodge, New York, USA

           A Fine Line: Where craft meets art and design, Chan Contemporary Art Space,   Darwin

2011 Up here and/or there, Yogyakarta Biennale, Indonesia

            Backyard Wild (curated by Angus Cameron), Nomad Art Gallery, Darwin

Impending Encounter (with Anne Ooms and Catriona Stanton), 24HR Art: NT Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin

            Territory Time (curated by Siying Zhou), Chan Contemporary Art Space, Darwin

            Artists @ Work: DVAA Board, DVAA, Darwin

2010

Adaptation, Sarah Pirrie & Talitha Kennedy, DVAA, Darwin

            Critical Generosity (curated by Brigid Noone), FELT Space, Adelaide

 

AWARDS

2013   ArtStart, Australia Council

2011   Qantas Foundation Encouragement of Australian Contemporary Art Award

2009 - 2011 Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship

2009   Australia Council and Arts NT Venue Attendant to Australian Pavilions, Venice Biennale

2008   Darwin Waterfront Public Art Commission, In flux, Darwin Conference Centre, Darwin

 

RESIDENCIES

2014   Big Ci Residency, Bilpin, NSW

             Fontanelle Gallery & Studios, Adelaide

2013   Rubicon ARI, Melbourne

2012   Point B Worklodge, Williamsburg, New York, USA

             Darwin Visual Arts Association, Darwin

            

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2017   Sheridan Coleman, ‘Age of Despair’, Art Gallery Guide, January/February 2017, p. 76 - 79

2015   Jonathan McBurnie, Make Believe catalogue essay 

             Hayley West, ‘The dark thrill of nature-fear’, visual/bind No. 01/2015, p. 32 - 36

2014   Simon Pericich, ‘How to attempt recognition before the invention of words’, Pervasive Flesh catalogue essay

             Roy Ananda, RendezVoodoo Catalogue Essay

2013   Brigid Noone, ThingShow Catalogue Essay

2012   Louisa Rebgetz, ‘Sketching in the Top End’, 7.30 Report, ABC TV, Feb 4 2012

2011   Dr. Sarah Scott, ‘Impending Encounter’, Artlink, Vol 30 #4 p. 116

              Kate Roseth, ‘Artist Profile: Talitha Kennedy’, Off the Leash, May 2011