Polly Stanton, Artist/Filmmaker

Polly Stanton is an artist and filmmaker. Her work primarily investigates the relationships between environment, human actions and land use. Her films and installations focus on contested sites and extractive zones, presenting landscape as a politically charged field of negotiation, entangled with history, technology and capital.

Upcoming

Her Beauty and Her Terror
Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, QLD, Australia
May 9 – Sept 19, 2020 (Group exhibition)

Currently lives and works
in Narrm/Melbourne, Australia.

Education

2018
Doctor of Philosophy (Fine Art), RMIT University

2010
Master of Fine Art with Distinction, RMIT University

2001
Bachelor of Arts in Media Art, RMIT University

Solo Shows

2019
Indefinite Terrains. Stockroom Gallery, Victoria, Australia

2016
Undercurrents. May Space Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2015
Undercurrents. MARS Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2014
Stórhrid. Conduit Arts, Melbourne, Australia

2012
Hallway. Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin, New Zealand

2011
Suburban Memory. West Space, Melbourne, Australia

2009
Shifting Measures. Seventh Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Group Shows

2020
Every Artist Ever. Stockroom Gallery, Victoria, Australia
Her Beauty and Her Terror. Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, QLD, Australia
Post Human Publics. Project Space, Melbourne, Australia

2019
Notions of Care. Hobiennale Arts Festival, Hobart, Tasmania
Translating Ambience. Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Horizon/tal. City Gallery Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
The Model Citizen. RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2018
Super Field. RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne, Australia

2017
Current. Counihan Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Indefinite Visions. Alchemy Film & Arts Festival, Hawick, UK
The Ecology of Place. SAB Cinema, Melbourne, Australia
Spectral Ecologies. Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria, Australia

2016
Body, Place, Object. OGU Mag Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2015
Current. Murray Art Museum Albury, NSW, Australia
Resolving Ruins. Brenda May Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2014
One Hour Glass. Five Walls Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
The Spacious Present. Art, Not Apart Festival, Canberra, Australia
Moving Pictures. Expanding Space. Careof Gallery, Milan, Italy
Index A. KINGS, Melbourne, Australia

2013
Melbourne Now. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Darkness On The Edge Of Town. Perth Centre For Photography, Perth, Australia
One After Another. Kings ARI, Melbourne, Australia
Future Visions. Castlemaine Art Festival, Victoria, Australia
Matter & Space. Ne’–Na Contemporary Art Space, Chiang Mai, Thailand

2012
The Pulse of Duration. Bristol Biennial, Bristol, UK

2011
When the Image Takes Form. Mølla på Grim, Kristiansand, Norway
Untitled. Sardam Gallery, Sulaimani, Kurdistan
4x1. Screen Space Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2010
Creative Intelligence. Brunswick Arts Space, Melbourne, Australia
Place. RMIT School of Art Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Indefinite Remnants. Bus Projects, Melbourne, Australia

Presentations

2020
Unpacking Metahaven: Field Report (panel talk). MPavilion, Melbourne, Australia

2019
RE:SOUND (conference) Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
Rupture, Vibration and Residue (symposium) Black Box, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

2018
Film Performance. Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia
The Politics of Listening (conference) University of NSW, Sydney, Australia
The Eye of the Storm (commission) Museo Renia Sofía Radio, Madrid, Spain
Open Field (symposium) RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne, Australia

2017
Amplification / Annihilation: In Sonic Defiance of Extinction (performance) Café Oto, London, UK
Oceans (diffusion performance) RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
And Then the Sea Came Back (performance) Errant Sound, Berlin, Germany

2016
The Art of Public Space (research exchange) Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan
Global Local (performance) SuperDeluxe, Tokyo, Japan
And Then the Sea Came Back (commission) Soundproof, ABC Radio National
The Audio-Visual Essay (UK research council workshop) Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
Helsinki Artist Program (guest lecture) Augusta Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

2015
SSAAANZ Conference. Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Performing Mobilities Symposium. Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia
Moral Horizon (conference) University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

Awards and Grants

2017
Jury nomination. Prix Ars Electronica (And Then the Sea Came Back)

2016
Skills and Development Grant, Creative Victoria
International Residency Program, Australia Council for the Arts

2014
Australian Postgraduate Award

2012
Art Start, Australia Council for the Arts

2011
RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s List Award for Academic Excellence

2010
RMIT Masters High Achievement Award

Related Activities

2019–
Artistic Advisory Committee, Bus Projects

2017
Mentor. Audiocraft (Ladies Who Listen Program)

2013
Founding member. Foodcourt Arts Space (a Renew Australia project)

2011
Board member. Brunswick Arts Space, Melbourne, Australia
Selection Committee. Screen Space Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Residencies

2020
The Unconformity Artist in Residence Program, Queenstown, Tasmania, Australia
2019
Hepburn Wind Farm Artist in Residence, Leonards Hill, Victoria, Australia

2016
Helsinki International Artist Program. Suomenlinna, Finland

2015
Laughing Waters. VCA Centre for Cultural Partnerships, Eltham, Victoria, Australia

2014
Bogong Centre for Sound Culture. Bogong Village, Victoria, Australia

2012
NES Artist Residency. Skagaströnd, Iceland

2011
WIRED Lab. Riverina District, NSW, Australia

Publications

2019
Jez Riley French, Verdure Engraved (interview) Dec 10 [link]
Kate Carr, The Field Recording show (interview) Resonance Extra, Sept 2

2018
Elaine Leong, Capture (interview) NGV podcast series, March 27

2017
Brooke Boland, Spectres of Cinema (review) Arts Hub, April 7
Bridget Crone, ‘Sonorous Fields’ (catalogue essay) Mildura Arts Centre

2016
Pia Parkkinen (interview) Yle Finnish Broadcasting Company, July 23

2015
Bridget Crone, ‘Undercurrents’ (catalogue essay) MARS Gallery
Dan Rule, ‘Undercurrents’ (review/image) The Sydney Morning Herald, March 13
Penny Webb, ‘Tapping the Heart of Glass’ (review/image) The Age, June 20
Kyle Weise, ‘Resolving Ruins’ (catalogue essay) May Space Gallery

2014
Andrew Atchison, ‘Ice Mirrors’ (catalogue essay) Conduit Arts Space

2010
Simone Hine, 4x1 (catalogue essay) Screen Space

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