Join us in the gallery for roving talks by exhibiting artists from the churchie emerging art prize 2022. Jacquie Meng, Daniel Sherington, Agus Wijaya, and Emmaline Zanelli will each offer an informal 20 minute presentation on their practice. ‘the churchie’ curator Elena Dias-Jayasinha will accompany the artists for this talk.
Individual talk times as below:
11am Introduction to ‘the churchie’ by Elena Dias-Jayasinha
11.10am Daniel Sherington
11.30am Agus Wijaya
11.50am Jacquie Meng
12.10pm Emmaline Zanelli
the churchie emerging art prize is one of Australia’s leading prizes for emerging artists. The finalists’ exhibition provides a survey of the compelling and diverse work being produced by early-career artists today. This year’s finalists represent a broad spread of artistic concerns and mediums spanning painting, textiles, video, drawing, installation, and more.
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Daniel Sherington is a Meanjin/Brisbane based artist whose work critically reframes historical conventions of artmaking to better understand their contemporary connotations. His practice filters traditional processes of making with a digital means of production. Daniel’s works are often circulatory in nature, with images iterated, reworked and dispersed amongst new contexts and materials to adopt different meanings.
Agus Wijaya is a Cianjur artist working across illustration, and graphic and motion design. Yearning to explore more personal and contemplative matter, Agus returned to artmaking six years ago. Since then, Agus has been a finalist in the Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, the Grace Cossington Smith Art Award, and the North Sydney Art Prize. His work has been published in Australian art journals and acquired for private collections in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth. Agus showed his latest body of work in his third solo exhibition, Tata Reka, at Stanley Street Gallery in Darlinghurst.
Jacquie Meng is a Hangzhou born artist working across painting, sound art and installation. Her work redefines diasporic cultural identity beyond national and geographical specificities, rather seeing it as unfixed. Through consideration of posthumanism, performativity, and the migration of objects and imagery between cultures, Jacquie breaks down binaries of ‘East’/’West’, real/imagined and human/ non-human. This often involves a fusing of Chinese mythology and folklore from her upbringing with memories, fictions and contemporary aesthetics.
Emmaline Zanelli is an artist based in Tartanya, Kaurna Country/Adelaide. She uses staged imagery and layered production processes, exploring photography’s connection to concepts of fabrication and memory. Her performances and sculptures are made specifically for the camera and examine the transformative abilities of the image. These performances often depict friends and family members in dioramas, costumes and choreographed scenarios.
Elena Dias-Jayasinha is an emerging Sri Lankan-Australian curator and art historian based in Brisbane. Her interests include the intersection of art and science, emotional perceptions of space, and the complexities of cultural identity. At the core of her practice is a belief in art as a tool to build empathy, strengthen community, and initiate change. Elena studied Art History and Japanese at the University of Queensland. She was the 2020 recipient of the Paula and Tony Kinnane Art History Scholarship and recently curated the exhibition Music of Spheres at the University of Queensland Art Museum (2020–21). Elena is currently Exhibitions Assistant at Museum of Brisbane.