Emma Medwell and Vanessa White: upcoming artists-in-residence

Vanessa White, On the other side of Murray's, 2011, animation still

Emma Medwell and Vanessa White have been friends for many years and began exhibiting together six years ago. They enjoy working as mutual sounding boards for each other's practices, sharing knowledge, skills and ideas. During their residency at Gunyah, Medwell and White will be developing individual new projects for their upcoming exhibitions in Wollongong.

Emma Medwell, Nippers Sea Thrones, 2011, Thirroul

Medwell was born in the UK and is now based in the South Coast of NSW. She has studied at UNSW and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from National Art School NSW. Medwell has had numerous exhibitions in the Illawarra and Sydney, including collaborative projects with Pamela Lee Brenner for Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi and Cottesloe, and Sculpture in the Vineyards Hunter Valley. She is currently working with found natural products including wood, feathers and slate to engage with the interconnection of nature and humanity, exploring the condition of being human, human-nature and how we connection with our natural environment. Medwell implements humor to communicate these ideas by situating human manufactured elements and smothering them in natural products, placing them into the natural environment.

Emma Medwell, Nippers Sea Thrones, 2011,  Thirroul

Vanessa White’s art practice is multidisciplinary, investigative and experimental. She completed under-graduate studies at Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne and graduated with a Masters in Visual Art from Sydney University in 2010. White has exhibited in Sydney and Melbourne, most recently at Firstdraft Depot Project Space, Woolloomooloo NSW and Firstdraft Gallery, Surry Hills NSW.  White was a 2010 artist-in-residence at Hill End. Through drawing, painting, animation and performance White creates life size animations, exploring physical interactions with a two-dimensional world drawn from life and her physical play and reciprocal action with it. The result is a new visual language that connects with the viewers’ own expression and experience of the body, giving voice to and acknowledging the importance of bodily experience.

For more information and images of Vanessa White's artwork please visit www.vanessawhite.me

Vanessa White, An action the precise nature of which is often unspecified, 2011
Video one of two channel video installation