Ms Deb Mansfield

Ms Deb Mansfield

Associate Lecturer

School of Creative Arts (Fine Art)

Career Summary

Biography

Deb Mansfield is an Australian artist, based in Newcastle, whose area of research looks at liminal geographies and spaces of in-between. Since 2000, Mansfield has participated in over thirty-five group exhibitions and had nineteen solo exhibitions. 


   

Left:  '(Swaying) I am trying my upmost to love you'  photo-tapestry, bronze frame, hidden marine rope (handmade while at sea)    ::    Right: '(Swinging) I am trying to quieten my love for you'  photo-tapestry, bronze frame, hidden marine rope & love letter (handmade while at sea)

About:

Mansfield looks to the peripheral sites - islands, travel, care - as a way of investigating the nature of boundaries and borders. In choosing spaces that are neither here nor there, and by conflating truth and fiction, her practice echoes the type of exploratory travel that first inspired it. She makes use of these stop-overs, moments of respite in her navigation across a contemporary cultural landscape.

Mansfield draws on expeditions to remote littoral spaces including Moreton Bay (Queensland), the Mississippi River Delta (Louisiana), Kleinmond (South Africa), the Tamar Valley (Launceston), and McIvers, Newfoundland (Canada). 

She has completed several artist residencies both locally and abroad (Cataract Gorge: Launceston, Full Tilt Newfoundland, Artisan: Brisbane) and has received several awards and public art commissions (Australia Council of the Arts, COFA Travel Grant, APA Research Scholarship, Siganto Travel Scholarship, Aged Care Capital Works QLD Health: Wondai and Redlands, Museum of Brisbane: Wild Suburbia and Silver).


Background:  'I've always been a sucker for a well-timed violin'  burnt bronze plug (handmade while at sea)     ::    Foreground: 'The great disappointment' bronze cleat, navy marine rope, bronze electrics (handmade while at sea)

Research:

In Deb Mansfield's work, the precarious nature of in-between-ness is explored though re-imaginings of appropriated narratives and forms. Drawing on stories and materialities that are at once familiar but functionally alienating to Mansfield, she uses her novice-perspective to work her personal experiences into more infamous tales.

Mansfield is renowned for immersing herself in littoral regions of her research - the geographic spaces that are borders, edges and in-betweens. Through her photography, tapestry and installation works, we have moved with her into the mangroves of Louisiana and Queensland, the extreme snows and icy coasts of Newfoundland, and the Tasmanian mountains, at the precipice of a gorge. But beyond the physical, her works also tread the linguistic in-betweens of metaphor and mind—exploring the edges of our consciousness, the intrepid travels of our imaginations. 

Her recent work 'Avoiding and Courting Collision' pushes further into this territory of spatial unknowns and the exploration of fantasy frontiers. Now it is the social imagination of shared images and the immersive digital landscape that is Mansfield’s in-between space, along with the choppy seas and jutting islands, transformed within her tapestries.

'It's going to be odd and disappointing at the end'  bronze bridle hook, navy marine rope, bronze electrics (handmade while at sea)

Collaborations:

For the past fifteen years, Deb Mansfield has worked collaboratively with people in creative industries. She has been awarded several large public art commissions, where she regularly liaised with curators, architects, medical CEO’s, and fabricators. During these commissions, Mansfield worked with community groups and a variety of disciplines. 

More recently, Mansfield has collaborated with artists/curators Jaytee Hazard, Deidre Brollo, Belinda Howden, Emily Parsons-Lord and Chris Dolman. 


Qualifications

  • Master of Research, University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Griffith University

Keywords

  • Alternative Photographic Techniques
  • Analogue & Digital Photography
  • Contemporary Art Practice
  • Installation
  • Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Interstitial & Littoral Spaces
  • Islands
  • Performance
  • Photo-Tapestries
  • Sculpture

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
190502 Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) 50
190503 Lens-based Practice 25
190504 Performance and Installation Art 25

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2013 - 1/12/2013 Sessional Lecturer University of Technology Sydney
Photography in Situated Media
Australia
1/01/2009 - 1/12/2013 Sessional Lecturer The University of New South Wales
College of Fine Arts
Australia
1/01/2006 - 1/05/2008 Sessional Lecturer Griffith University
Queensland College of Art
Australia
1/01/2003 - 1/01/2006 Tutor Griffith University
Queensland College of Art
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/03/2000 -  Artist (Interdisciplinary)

Deb Mansfield is a practicing artist, exhibiting consistently since 2001; including over thirty-five group exhibitions and nineteen solo exhibitions. 


Artist (Interdisciplinary)
Australia

Awards

Nomination

Year Award
2015 The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize
The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize
2015 The Glenfiddich Artist Residency
Glenfiddich Artist Residency
2015 15 Artists Redcliffe Art Prize
Redcliffe Art Gallery
2014 The University of Newcastle Open Acquisitve Art Prize
University of Newcastle Gallery
2014 Josephine Ulrick and Win Shubert Photography Award
Gold Coast City Art Gallery
2013 The William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
The William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
2012 Fremantle Print Award
Fremantle Print Award

Recipient

Year Award
2011 Full Tilt Artist Residency Newfoundland
Full Tilt Arts Residency, Newfoundland
2011 COFA Travel Grant
University of New South Wales
2009 Launceston City Council Parks & Recreation :: Cataract Gorge Artist Residency
Launceston City Council Parks & Recreation :: Cataract Gorge Artist Residency
2007 ARC Biennale
ARC Biennale
2007 Artisan :: RNA Residency
Artisan :: RNA Residency
2004 Australia Arts Council :: Visual Arts/Craft Board :: New Work Grant
Australia Arts Council :: Visual Arts/Craft Board :: New Work Grant

Scholarship

Year Award
2015 UNRSC Scholarship
University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
2011 APA Research Scholarship
The University of New South Wales
2006 Artworkers Alliance :: Siganto Travel Scholarship
Artworkers Alliance :: Siganto Travel Scholarship

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
AART_3452 LIGHT
The University of Newcastle

AN ELECTIVE IN PHOTOMEDIA  ::  SCHOOL OF CREATIVE ARTS  ::   CALLAGHAN CAMPUS

This course provides the student with a range of opportunities and inter-disciplinary practices that will extend their understanding and skills of light in contemporary art.

Notions of light in relation to site, construct, sculpture and performative practices will be the focus of this subject.

Students will be familiarised with the Photomedia environment, and work with a range of image-capturing devices. Students will work with ambient light, portable lighting and develop an understanding of the skills required for successful Photomedia enquiry.

The student will, through independent research and critiques, produce a folio of work.

Guest artists (local and interstate) will be invited ti come and work with students, with the aim of both parties developing their research. Students will be encouraged to exhibit their work drawing on contemporary art practices.



Left:  'Butcher paper with sun'  (2005) Giclee print 80 x 80 cm. Deb Mansfield     ::    Right:  'Horse on concrete blocks'  (2005) Gilcee print 80 x 80 cm. Deb Mansfield 

Associate Lecturer 1/03/2014 - 27/11/2015
AART_3441 IMAGE
The University of Newcastle

AN ELECTIVE IN PHOTOMEDIA  ::  SCHOOL OF CREATIVE ARTS  ::  CALLAGHAN CAMPUS

The image exists across all materialities and genres. In this course, the creation of the image will be approached through the inter-disciplinary lens of contemporary art practices.

Students will be familiarised with the Photomedia environment, and will work with a range of image-capturing devices and techniques. Students will also be asked to investigate the image external to the 'camera-space'.

The student will, though independent research and critiques, produce a folio of work.

Guest artists (local and interstate) will be invited to come and work with students, with the aim of both parties developing their research. Students will be encouraged to exhibit their work drawing on contemporary art practices.

'The Armchair Traveller (two-seater)'  (2015) Photo-tapestries upholstered into a replica Louis two-seater frame. 130 x 70 x 93 cm. Deb Mansfield

Associate Lecturer 1/03/2014 - 27/11/2015
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2010 Marsh A, Look: Contemporary Australian Photography Since 1980., Macmillan Art Pub, Australia, 399 (2010) [A3]

Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Mansfield DR, Howden B, 'The Island Could be Head by Night', The Island Review, 20th November, 2015 (2015)
2014 Mansfield DR, Parker Philip I, 'The Armchair Traveller: Cartographic Performance and Projective Travel Narratives', Runway Australian Experimental Art, (2014) [C1]
2013 Mansfield DR, 'The Armchair Traveller: Littoral Zones and the Domestic Environment', Alternation: international journal for the study of Southern African literature and languages, Special Edition No. 6 197-216 (2013) [C1]

Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Mansfield DR, Brollo D, 'TIME/LAPSE: Voice Gesture and the Material Self' (2015)
Co-authors Deidre Brollo
2011 Mansfield DR, 'The Armchair Traveller: Littoral Zones and the Domestic Environment', Alternation: international journal for the study of Southern African literature and languages (2011) [E2]

Creative Work (55 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Mansfield DR, Some Rocky Socket (2015)
2015 Mansfield DR, Friends with Benefits (2015)
2015 Mansfield DR, Avoiding and Courting Collision (2015)
Supanova
2015 Mansfield DR, Advertising Marketing Publicity :: A collaborative performance with Emily Parsons-Lord (2015)
Supanova
2015 Mansfield DR, Time/Lapse: Voice Gesture and the material self :: A performative-lecture with Deidre Brollo (2015)
Supanova
2015 Mansfield DR, 15 Artists (2015)
Supanova
2015 Mansfield DR, The Island Could Be Heard by Night (2015)
Supanova
2015 Mansfield DR, Pedestrian (2015)
Supanova
2014 Mansfield DR, Silver (2014) [J2]
2014 Mansfield DR, DM ARI (2014) [J2]
2014 Mansfield DR, And dive into the sea (2014) [J2]
2014 Mansfield DR, Firing on all Cylinders (2014) [J2]
2014 Mansfield DR, Season 14 :: Stills Gallery (2014) [J2]
2014 Mansfield DR, Get out of the water (2014) [J1]
2014 Mansfield DR, SPACE (the final frontier) (2014) [J2]
2014 Mansfield DR, And the islands slid up the side of the plane (2014) [J2]
2013 Mansfield DR, COMMISSION: Silver (2013)
2013 Mansfield DR, On the Surface of Things (2013)
2013 Mansfield DR, Dump/Fylling (2013)
2013 Mansfield DR, The Armchair Traveller (2013)
2013 Mansfield DR, Space is the Place (2013)
2012 Mansfield DR, The Open Door (2012)
2010 Mansfield DR, Hush Now, Lousiana (2010)
2010 Mansfield DR, Twelve Degrees of Latitude: Queensland's Sesquicentenary (Touring exhibition) (2010)
2010 Mansfield DR, Darkness Creeps (2010)
2010 Mansfield DR, Shelf Life (2010)
2009 Mansfield DR, New Skin (2009)
2009 Mansfield DR, Hush Now, Louisiana (2009)
2009 Mansfield DR, Synchronicity (2009)
2009 Mansfield DR, Hush Now, Louisiana (2009)
2009 Mansfield DR, Fremantle Print Award Exhibition (2009)
2008 Mansfield DR, Hutchinson, Mansfield & McKeich (2008)
2008 Mansfield DR, Photo L.A. (with The Queensland Centre for Photography) (2008)
2008 Mansfield DR, Postcard from Redlands (2008)
2007 Mansfield DR, Refresh - Guest Artist (2007)
2007 Mansfield DR, COMMISSION: Queensland Health: Aged Care Capital Works (2007)
2006 Mansfield DR, Anticipating the Islands (2006)
2006 Mansfield DR, COMMISSION: Wild Suburbia (2006)
2006 Mansfield DR, Neo Eco (2006)
2005 Mansfield DR, Thiess Art Prize - Finalist (2005)
2005 Mansfield DR, The Space Between Words (2005)
2004 Mansfield DR, Another Viewpoint: Camera-less (2004)
2004 Mansfield DR, New Photomedia (2004)
2004 Mansfield DR, Malt Lys/Painted Light (2004)
2004 Mansfield DR, Neither here nor there (2004)
2004 Mansfield DR, Sleight (2004)
2003 Mansfield DR, COMMISSION: Varsity Lakes: Concept Design (2003)
2003 Mansfield DR, Fresh Cut (2003)
2003 Mansfield DR, Memory and the Mathametics of Beauty (2003)
2003 Mansfield DR, Wide Open (2003)
2003 Mansfield DR, Neither here nor there (2003)
2002 Mansfield DR, The Travels of Small Things (2002)
2002 Mansfield DR, Manifesto (2002)
2002 Mansfield DR, New Photographic Works (2002)
2001 Mansfield DR, You are here (2001)
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Other (10 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Mansfield DR, 'COLLECTIONS WHERE ARTWORKS ARE HELD :: Artbank // Daryl Hewson private collection // Kirsha Kaechele & David Walsh private collection // Queensland Centre for Photography // QUT Art Museum // Redland Art Gallery', (2015)
2015 Mansfield DR, Howden B, 'The Island Could be Heard by Night', (2015) [O1]
2015 Mansfield DR, Howden B, 'The Island Could be Heard by Night', (2015) [O1]
2014 Mansfield DR, 'INTERVIEW: Deb Mansfield by Sasanki Tennakoon', (2014)
2014 Mansfield DR, 'INTERVIEW: Deb Mansfield by Jonathan McBurnie', (2014)
2014 Mansfield DR, 'INTERVIEW: Deb Mansfield Interview by Casey Hutton', (2014)
2014 Mansfield DR, 'INTERVIEW: Deb Mansfield by Naomi Riddle', : Try Hard Magazine (2014)
2013 Mansfield DR, 'REVIEW: Fringe Dwelling by Isobel Parker Philip', (2013)
2013 Mansfield DR, 'The Armchair traveller: Littoral Zones and the Domestic Environment', The Armchair traveller: Littoral Zones and the Domestic Environment. Sydney (2013) [O1]
2013 Parker Philip I, 'On the Surface of Things', (2013)
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Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Mansfield D, The Armchair Traveller: Littoral Zones and the Domestic Environment, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales (2013)
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News

Deb Mansfield exhibit at Gallerie Pompom

Deb Mansfield exhibition at Galerie Pompom

October 27, 2015

From 14 October to 15 November Deb Mansfield will exhibit Avoiding and Courting Collision at Galerie Pompom, Sydney.

Deb Mansfield exhibition at The Lock-Up

Deb Mansfield exhibition at The Lock-Up

May 19, 2015

On Friday 22 May, Deb Mansfield in collaboration with Belinda Howden will launch The Island Could Be Heard by Night at The Lock-Up, Newcastle.

Deb Mansfield to exhibit at Wellington St. Project

Deb Mansfield exhibition at Wellington St. Projects

January 23, 2015

From 4 to 20 March 2015, Australian artist Deb Mansfield exhibited her hand-woven photo-tapestries titled:Some Rocky Socket at Wellington St. Projects, Sydney.

Deb Mansfield exhibition at Chapter House Lane, Melbourne

Deb Mansfield exhibition at Chapter House Lane

October 31, 2014

Titled: Softening (or break the legs of what I want to happen), a selection of oceanic photo-tapestries by Australian artist Deb Mansfield was exhibited at Chapter House Lane, Melbourne, from 6 November 2014 to 4 January 2015.

Deb Mansfield exhibition at Stills Gallery, Sydney

Deb Mansfield exhibition at Stills Gallery

September 29, 2014

Deb Mansfield, an Australian artist and Associate Lecturer in the School of Creative Arts, exhibited a series of photo-tapestries in And dive into the sea at Stills Gallery, Sydney, from 24 September to 25 October, 2014.

Ms Deb Mansfield

Position

Associate Lecturer
School of Creative Arts
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Fine Art

Contact Details

Email deb.mansfield@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 4921 6679
Links Personal webpage
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Office

Room VA210
Building VA Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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