Sydney-based West Australian artist, Consuelo Cavaniglia is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious $30,000 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging).
Cavaniglia is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice employs visual effects to unbalance the relationship between viewer and space. Her winning site-specific installation comprised of two works, Untitled and Untitled (simultaneous spaces), which distort our perception of depth, conditional of stance.
With a 100-year history, the Fellowship continues to define new generations of contemporary art practice for both artists and audiences. It is devised specifically to assist a mid-career, established artist to build on their experience and consider significant activities, with opportunities to support both personal development and career advancement. The award enables Cavaniglia to undertake a self-directed program of professional development. She will study specific collections overseas including Dia: Beacon and the Dan Flavin Art Institute in New York and the Lucio Fontana Foundation in Milan. In Berlin she will collaborate with experimental musician Robin Hayward on new ways to interpret light, colour and sound, before returning to Sydney to produce new work with FX Plastics.
As part of the assessment process, and from a highly competitive pool of applicants, a small group of artists were shortlisted and offered the opportunity to take part in an exhibition at Artspace in Sydney’s Woolloomooloo until 10 December, 2016. Co-curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor, Talia Linz and Lola Pinder, finalists include Tully Arnot, Cigdem Aydemir, Frances Barrett, Tim Bruniges, Julian Day, James Nguyen, Giselle Stanborough, Angela Tiatia and Adri Valery Wens.
Consuelo Cavaniglia, Untitled and Untitled (simultaneous spaces), 2016, installation view, Artspace, Sydney
Recipient, 2016 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging)
Photograph: Zan Wimberley
Courtesy the artist and Artspace, Sydney