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Isadora Vaughan // Rift and Rupture


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Isadora Vaughan is a Melbourne based artist working in sculpture. Her practice unpacks and experiments with material as geological, temporal, associative and emotional. Her works manifest out of a chaotic exploratory process into basic states of matter and a desire to personalise, dislocate, and disrupt traditional material hierarchies.

In 'Rift and Rupture' Isadora discusses the physical experience of sculpture, her antagonistic approach to ideas around 'skill' and her most recent work Metabolic Rift at STATION and Canker Sore, which is part of the current 2018 TarraWarra Biennial. Isadora also chats about using her new kiln, her non-hierarchal approach to materials and the way her body informs the install and deinstall of her work.

List of shows / artworks in order of appearance:

  1. Metabolic Rift 2018, STATION, Melbourne.
  2. Soil Slag 2015, TCB Art Inc. , Melbourne.
  3. Canker Sore 2018, 'TarraWarra Biennial 2018: From Will to Form' curated by Emily Cormack, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville.
  4. Isadora and friends in the van on the way to install Recalcitrant Bodies at The Honeymoon Suite in 2017.

Published by un Projects.
Produced by Tamsen Hopkinson.
Filmed by Jordan Halsall.
Edited by Jordan Halsall and Tamsen Hopkinson.

Special thanks to Isadora Vaughan, Gertrude Contemporary, STATION gallery, TCB Art. Inc and TarraWarra Museum of Art.

STUDIO is an artist interview series, speaking with artists about their process and practice. This series aims to be reflective and responsive to current conversations within contemporary art and more broadly. With a focus on Australian artists STUDIO makes accessible conversations that happen in the studio; creating an archive that links generations, highlights crossovers and examines different disciplines.

STUDIO is created by Tamsen Hopkinson (Ngati Kahungunu), an artist from Aotearoa based in Narrm, Melbourne. Her practice is based in painting and explores the transitory space created by the co-existence of both Indigenous and European identities. Tamsen's work investigates matriarchal methodologies, Indigenous protocol and the effect of colonisation.

Tamsen completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Painting, Art History and Philosophy from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland and The University of Melbourne in 2009. Tamsen has worked across various art galleries including West Space, is a current board member of artist-run space TCB art Inc. and a member of un Magazine's Editorial Advisory Committee. She currently works as a Teaching Associate at Monash University Art Design & Architecture (MADA).