Michaela Gleave

Visual Artist

I Love Todd Sampson, 2013
Advisor 2015

Michaela Gleave is an Australian-based artist currently living and working in Sydney.  Her practice investigates the physicality of perception, interrogating the systems and structures through which we construct our image of reality. Executed as a series of experiments, her often-temporal works question our relationship to time, matter and space, working with natural phenomena and tricks of perception within the frameworks that shape our knowledge of the universe. Operating between the spaces of personal experience and global understanding, Gleave’s often-illusory works hover at the junction between art and science, returning repeatedly to the atmosphere and the space of the sky as the site for her work. Gleave’s installations, performances and interventions question the relationship we have with our surroundings, allowing us to experience the processes by which we comprehend reality and rethink our presence within it.

Gleave’s work has been exhibited extensively across Australia as well as in Germany, Austria, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Iceland, the United States and Mexico. She holds a Master of Fine Arts (Research) from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours First Class) from the School of Art Hobart, UTAS. Gleave has participated in residency programs in New York, Tokyo, Berlin, Iceland and regional Australia, including being resident artist with the CSIRO’s Astronomy and Space Science division during 2012-13. She has received numerous grants and prizes, including a Creative Australia Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts, a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grants, Arts NSW and City of Melbourne project funding, as well as being a finalist in the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship, the SOYA Awards, and the Redlands, Hazelhurst and Maddock’s art prizes. Her recent exhibitions include: ‘Trace: Performance and its Documents’ at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2014; ‘A Day is Longer than a Year’ (solo) at the Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia, 2013; ‘Our Frozen Moment’ (solo) at Performance Space, Sydney, 2012; ‘We Are Made of Stardust‘ (solo) as part of Art Futures at the Hong Kong Art Fair, 2012; ‘Octopus 11: The Matter of Air’ at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 2011; ‘A Perfect Day to Chase Tornadoes (White)’ at the Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, 2010; and ‘Primavera 09’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2009.  Michaela Gleave is represented by Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne.