Marynes Avila: upcoming artist-in-residence

Marynes Avila, Synapses, 2014, approximately 300,000 Pine Needles, 
installed at Billilla Historic House Residency, Brighton VIC

Marynes Avila is a Melbourne artist who works with multiples as data connectors, investigating the uniqueness of each unit and its interrelationship with the group. Involving overwhelming quantities of a single familiar object, Marynes explores the resonance of multiples by utilizing them as tools of public intervention. From human cells to mass production, she investigates the public narratives of multiples as a reflection of the personal and the universal, the profound and the abject, chaos and order. Marynes works with the neglected and the potential of things - to redefine the object, its purpose and symbolism - by creating labor intense site-specific installations, sculpture, meticulous drawing, digital photography and film. Her practice is informed by science, particularly Neuroscience, and Carl Jung's concept of the Collective Unconscious and Depth Psychology. Recently, Marynes' research into the complexities of multiplicity has extended to create an analogy between human cells, the plasticity of the human brain and the reproduction of neurons and plants' anatomy at cellular and external levels.

Marynes Avila, Alcea Rosea Malvaceae Hollyhock Sepal, 2015, digital micro-photograph

Marynes has a Masters of Arts – Art in Public Space, from RMIT University, and has won several art awards such as the John Tallis Art Prize, the Toorak Sculpture Prize and the Moreland Sculpture Ephemeral Art Prize. Her practice and research has included field trips to Shanghai and the Xian Province in China; Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima in Japan; the Buenos Aires, Neuquen and Rio Negro Provinces in Argentina; and Vancouver, Canada. Her work is included in public, private and corporate collections in Australia and overseas.

Marynes Avila, Shelter, 2013, approximately 300 Fallen sticks, 
installed at Laughing Waters Residency, Eltham VIC

"At the Gunyah Residency I plan to continue my research in multiplicity, focusing on the analogy between plants' anatomy at cellular and external levels, and explore the natural environment through digital photo micrography, pen and ink observational drawings of the native flora, and create a site specific ephemeral installation."

Marynes Avila with her work Emergent II, 2011

To see more of Marynes Avila's work please go to her website