Anna Sabadini: General Artist Statement
Pigments are seductive. Bought ready mixed as paint in tubes, their generative potential has a way of making a painter’s fingers itch. They light a creative spark inside and I’ve been pondering this spark, this need to paint, for a long time. Paint is about becoming. This is the overarching theme of my work.
Paint’s metaphoric capacity is fascinating. Using it as a substance, you can’t help but tune into big ideas to do with cycles of creation and decay. It creates works of art but in tandem, using it over time in a sustained practice, you the painter are also created. I feel myself grow as skill develops. Through this transformation, paint as substance becomes Painting, with a capital ‘P’, the rich tradition of visualizing the world through millennia of use. As a painter, I am placed by these parameters; the physical qualities of paint and the tradition of Painting, extending the conversation with those that have come before me. Making work after other artists is a rite of passage in terms of finding one’s own vision but when these artists and conventions originate elsewhere, it is a symbiosis across distance. For me, making pictures is an act of seeking relationship and belonging through glowing, wet, sticky, resistant, malleable pigment. This process unfolds in ways that are simultaneously atavistic and cultural. Everything to do with painting is about being in relation, whether to matter, to internal formal relationships of composition, or external relationships to the seen world, history, time and place.
 

Education

2007 Doctorate of Creative Arts (Art), Curtin University of Technology
2000 First Class Honours, Bachelor of Arts (Art), Curtin University of Technology
1994-96 Bachelor of Arts (Art) at Curtin University of Technology, the last semester studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (E.N.S.B.A.), Paris.
1987-89 Bachelor of Science (Horticulture), Murdoch University
 

Solo Exhibitions

2018 After Elsewhere, Colville Gallery, Hobart
2016 Prepositions, Nyisztor Gallery, Perth
2011 Entropy: Pierre and Piero, emerge ART SPACE, Perth
2010 Home, Artereal Gallery, Sydney
2009 Translation II, Frances Keevil Gallery, Sydney
2008 Translation, emerge ART SPACE, Perth
 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 PCWK (Pure Contemplation Without Knowledge) 10, Nyisztor Studio, Perth
Annual Artists Show Coville Gallery, Hobart
2016 Painting as an Artform: Steal, Linton and Kay Galleries, Perth
Over Here: an integrated response to place, Nyisztor Gallery, Perth
2015 Painting as an Artform: After, Mundaring Arts Centre, Perth
Of Nothing, Kent River Studio, Denmark, WA
Landscape Now, Bega Valley Regional Gallery, NSW
2011 Artists for Peace, Moores Building, Fremantle (Sep.)
2010 Reconfigured, emerge ART SPACE, Perth
2009 Chiaroscuro, Artereal Gallery, Sydney
Postcards from Interstate, Frances Keevil Gallery, Sydney
2008 Landscape, Flinders St. Gallery, Sydney
Group show, Frances Keevil Gallery, Sydney
2007 DOFA, Department of Fine Art Post-graduate Exhibition, John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University
2004 I Think I See …, Built Environment, Art and Design Postgraduate Exhibition, Curtin University
2002 Nonsuch’s Wilderness: A Look at Perth Shrubberies, Liveable Communities Conference, Curtin University
2001 New Works, New Faces, Perth Galleries, Subiaco, W.A.
2000 S.O.F.A., School of Art Graduating Postgraduate Exhibition, John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University
Adornment, Zonta Club of Perth, Moores Building, Fremantle
1999 The Nip ‘n’ Fluff Xmas Show, Moores Building, Fremantle
1998 Pictures by Various Artists, Moores Building, Fremantle
1997 Exchanged, The Verge Gallery, Perth
1996 Jack Moore, The Moores Building, Perth; degree show
Seven Up, Arts House, Perth; an exhibition of seven students from three art institutions in Perth
1995 Zonta Emerging Artist Award, The Moores Building, Perth
City of Wanneroo Craft Exhibition, Joondalup Shopping Centre, Perth
 

Curatorial Activities

2016-17 Note to Self, and Artists in Focus, survey show of Ben Joel and selected students, Mundaring Arts Centre, Perth
2012-16 Over Here, a show of contemporary textiles by Albany women artists, Nyisztor Gallery, Perth
2015-16 Painting as an Artform: Steal, group show of Perth painters, Linton and Kay Galleries, Perth
2014-15 Painting as an Artform: After, group show of Perth painters, Mundaring Arts Centre, Perth
1999 The Nip ‘n’ Fluff Xmas Show, Moores Building, Fremantle (co-curators F. Sivewright and H. Isaac)
 

Distinctions and Awards:

2017 Finalist, Lloyd Rees Art Prize, Hobart
2016 Selected for City of Joondalup Community Invitation Art Award
2015 Arts Development Grant, Department of Culture and the Arts: to develop the group exhibition ‘Over Here’
2012 Finalist, Midwest Art Prize, Geraldton, WA
2008 Selected for the Longines Prose Workshop at Varuna – The Writer’s House, Katoomba, N.S.W.
Finalist, The Churchie National Emerging Art Exhibition, Qld.
Awarded an ArtFlight to Brisbane, Department of Culture and the Arts, W.A.
Selected for “Off The Wall” Art Brisbane and Art Melbourne
2007 Awarded the Open Prize, Weekender Centennial Art Prize, Albany
Awarded the Jill Bradshaw Bursary by the Australian Federation of University Women (WA)
2005 Literary novel, Father, shortlisted for the T.A.G. Hungerford Award, W.A.
2003 Frocky Award (extending understanding of visual arts research into the wider community), Curtin Uni
2001-03 Curtin University Postgraduate Scholarship
2000 Curtin Bookshop Award, Best Student in the Honours Year of the Visual Culture Programme
1999 Nominated to the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence for Curtin University staff
1997 High Distinction, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (E.N.S.B.A.), Paris
1996 Awarded the E.N.S.B.A. - Curtin Student Exchange
Nominated to Golden Key National Honour Society, and awarded a scholarship
Sponsorship by Perilya Mines NL for the E.N.S.B.A. student exchange
1995 1995 Nominated to the Vice Chancellor’s List, Curtin University
Award for Academic Excellence, second year painting, Curtin University
Zonta Emerging Artist Award, W.A.
Liquitex Excellence in Art Student Grant (International)
City of Wanneroo Best Craft Student Award, W.A.
 

Writing Publications:

2017 Slipstreams, catalogue essay for Lydia Trethewey exhibition, The Paths Themselves Become Unstable, Paper Mountain, Perth
Note to Self, catalogue essay for curated survey show of Ben Joel’s work, Mundaring Arts Centre, Perth.
2016 Touchstone’, chapter in Visual Arts Practice and Affect: Place, Materiality, and Embodied Knowing, Dr. Ann Schilo volume editor, published by Rowman and Littlefield, 2016.
‘Over Here: an integrated response to place’, catalogue essay for curated exhibition of same title, Nyisztor Studio; available online at: http://issuu.com.shertz60/docs/over_here_web?e=24307540/34852590
2015 After: Painting as an Artform, catalogue essay for curated exhibition of same title, Mundaring Arts Centre
2010 Transforming Viewpoints, paper co-written with Dr. Ann Schilo, presented at the International Conference of Arts in Society, Sydney. Published in The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Vol. 5, Issue. 3.
Collaborative Viewpoints, paper co-written with Dr. Ann Schilo, presented at the Collaborations in Modern and Postmodern Visual Art Conference, Melbourne, Sep/Oct. Published in Colloquy Journal, Nov. 2011.
Delighting in Metaphors, paper co-written with Dr. Ann Schilo, presented at the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand conference in Adelaide.
2009 Catalogue essay; Shifting Comfort: Experiences of an Idea of Home, for Dr. Barbara Greenshields
Review; Spinning the Dream by Anna Haebich and Contrary Rhetoric by John Kinsella, Indigo Journal, 2009.
 

Critical Publication on Creative Practice:

2017 ‘Seeing the Light’ by Andrew Harper, Mercury Arts Review, Sat 15 July, 2017
‘Looking Back on an Intimate Craft,’ by William Yeoman, The Weekend West, Jan. 28-9, 2017
2016 2016 Community Invitation Art Award, catalogue for award show of same name, published by City of Joondalup
‘A Perth Mixed Tape,’ by Sheyi Bankale, Art Guide, http://artguide.com.au/contributor/sheyi-bankale
‘Modernism: The time of our lives’, by Dr. Anna Nazzari, catalogue essay for Over Here exhibition
Over Here: an integrated response to place, catalogue of curated group exhibition, Nyisztor Studio. Online version can be viewed at: http://issuu.com.shertz60/docs/over_here_web?e=24307540/34852590
‘Works Convey Sense of Place’, The Gazette, Tuesday, March 29, 2016
2015 ‘Painting Down the Line,’ by Laetitia Wilson, The West Australian, Oct. 23, 2015
After: Painting as an Artform, catalogue of curated group exhibition, Mundaring Arts Centre, Perth
2010 Vite Italiane: Italian Lives in Western Australia, by Dr. Susanna Iuliano, UWA Press.
Anna Sabadini at Artereal Gallery, Rozelle, by Gabrielle Jones: http://gabriellejonesart.blogspot.com/
Home, Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald, September 11-12 2010.
2008 ‘Found in Translation’ by Nathan Scolaro, Scoop Insite, 2008, Spring, pp 200-202.
‘WA Wrap’ by Kate Vickers, Australian Art Collector, Dec. 2008, p.323.
Lines of Flight and Fancy: Migrated Metaphors of Dislocation, paper given by Dr. Ann Schilo at the MMWW08 “New Frontiers: Dares and Challenges” conference in Madrid, 3rd-9th July.
 

Selected Employment Details:

2007-17 Sessional Academic, Dept. of Art (Centre for Regional Education), and Dept. Of OUA Studies, School of Design and Art, Curtin University.
1999-2000 Director on the Board, Artist’s Foundation of W.A.
 

Collections

Janet Holmes à Court Collection, Private Collections Australia, Melbourne; John E. Maloney, Vice Chancellor, Curtin University, Perth; City of Wanneroo,Perth