Michelle Cawthorn

Exhibiting Artist

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The multidisciplinary practice of Sydney-based artist Michelle Cawthorn is preoccupied with the mechanics of how memory informs artmaking and the subtle yet enduring influence that memories exert on our everyday. Working across drawing, collage, sculpture and installation, Cawthorn explores the interplay of triggers; those sensorial artefacts of our waking life, that free-associate upon recall. Her works probe the paradoxes inherent in the act of recollectingand represent juxtapositions of memory that are suggestive rather than prescribed.

Cawthorn holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours (Class 1), a Bachelor of Art Education and a Master of Fine Arts (Research) from the University of New South Wales. She has been a finalist in a number of important awards including the Tim Olsen Drawing Prize 2014 for which she received a Highly Commended, the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 2015 and the Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award in 2013 and 2015, for which she received the Local Artist Award in 2013.

In 2012 she was the recipient of an Australian Post Graduate Award to undertake research in Sculpture, Performance and Installation.

Her work is held in public and private collections nationally and the UK.



Michelle Cawthorn

03 Oct - 31 Oct 2015