LIGHTSCAPES / 30 October 2017 to 1 April 2018 at Knox Place
Forming a part of the 2017 Graduate Exhibition for the Master of Arts – Art in Public Space this series of images represents works undertaken in the public realm by five of our recent Graduates: Luping Chen, Grace Leone, Jasmine Pilcher, Julie Stevens and Lyndall Watson.
Candidates explore the public realm in keeping with their arts practice and research interests. These images present a curated mapping of the research journey undertaken in a range of public contexts that engage in conversations around borders, cities and construction, affect and immersion, infrastructure and memory.
Luping Chen was born in Guangdong, China in 1993, and lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is currently studying Arts in Public Space, having completed a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Design at RMIT University. Her most recent work was a part of RMIT’S Centre for Art Society & Transformation’s research urban Laboratory with City of Port Philip.
Jasmine Grace is an emerging installation artist living and working between Geelong and Melbourne, Australia. She is currently undertaking a Master of Arts (Art in Public Space) at RMIT, with a background in Visual Merchandising. Her most recent commissions include, Harmony Tree (2017) for City of Greater Dandenong; Surge (2017) and Submersion (2016) for Geelong After Dark Festival. Jasmine’s group exhibitions include ‘Windows to the Soul’ for Proximity at Three O clock gallery, Southbank, Vic and Space between Lights festival, Richmond, Vic in 2016. Driven by her interests in atmosphere, sensory stimulation, embodied experience and social engagement, Jasmine’s artworks build shared immersive experiences between people that evoke senses of wonder and joy.
Grace Leone is an artist and designer who lives and works in Melbourne. Leone brings together a range of fine art disciplines with extensive architectural knowledge to create works that question the relationship between art, the body, perception and public space in evocative concepts. Leone teaches design and presentation studios in Building Design within the RMIT School of Architecture and Design. She has been commissioned for several temporary art interventions for the City of Moreland and City of Wyndham. Works include ‘Skypetrait: Transcontinental Faces & Spaces’ at the Goethe Open Space in Shanghai, China, April 2015 and an exhibition of the development of this work in Städtische Galerie Reutlingen, Germany, February 2016. Currently Leone is curator of the Urban Animators: Living Laboratory public art program designed to weave and harness the talent of RMIT into the life of the RMIT New Academic Street construction project by using its own site footprint as a canvas to nurture and present new and established creative practitioners.
Julie Stevens is a cross media artist whose Masters of Art in Public Space research investigated the largely undocumented 20th century children’s rooftop carnivals of inner city Melbourne. She is interested in false (or created) memory, art objects as memory tools and how a sense of the familiar is provoked.
Lyndall Watson was born in Geelong, Australia in 1992. She is an emerging artist and sometimes designer. Lyndall predominantly works in tapestry and woven textiles, but her practice has broadened to include site-specific installations and illustration. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design) from RMIT University, including an exchange semester at Nottingham Trent University, UK. Lyndall has recently completed a Masters of Arts (Art in Public Space) at RMIT. Her work has been featured in a number of exhibitions in Melbourne, Australia, where she is also currently based.