DISCUSSION :: Materiality and practice, August 5, 1:30-3pm

DISCUSSION :: Materiality and practice
For all matter has a past exhibition
Saturday August 5, 1:30pm-3pm


all matter has a past focuses on the three artist’s interest in the idea of transference and exchange and how this is manifested in the materials they engage with. From metaphoric extension to formal exploration, this artist talk engages Penny Coss in a conversation on her work, joined by guest speakers to discuss the engagement with materiality.

Moderator: Consuelo Cavaniglia (curator)
Guest speakers: Penny Coss (exhibiting artist), Sylvia Griffin (artist), and Anna McMahon (artist)


Penny Coss is a painter born in Sydney, lives and works in Perth. She manipulates formal elements from the tradition of abstract expressionism. Her paintings, derived from interpretations of the landscape often allude to landscapes that have troubled histories.  She has exhibited across Australia and overseas in Japan and New Zealand. Her works are held in collections around Australia. She is also a recipient of the John Stringer Prize 2017.

Sylvia Griffin is a Sydney-based artist. Her work explores the complex relationship between contemporary art and trauma, examining the universal notions of memory and collective grief from a personal perspective. Her research considers artistic alternatives to the role that monuments and memorials have traditionally played in expressing grief and mourning, believing that ephemeral and alternative forms of art can aid in imparting meaningful remembrance and solace. She has exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions in Sydney and interstate. She is currently undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.

Anna McMahon is an artist based in Sydney.  She is a current resident artist at Parramatta Artists Studios in 2016 and 2017, and is a 2017 recipient of the Parramatta City Council Visual Arts Fellowship.  In 2017 she completed a residency through the Art Gallery of New South Wales at the Cité internationale des arts, and is will complete a mentorship with French artist Camille Henrot during her Carte Blanche exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo in late 2017.  She was a 2015/2016 Co-Director at Firstdraft Gallery Sydney. McMahon also collaborates with fellow artist Kate Beckingham as OK YEAH COOL GREAT.


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