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Deb Mansfield is an Australian artist, based in Newcastle, whose area of research looks at island narratives and spaces of in-between. 

Mansfield draws on ideas evoked by journeys 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).

Mansfield has exhibited consistently since 2000, including over thirty group exhibitions and twelve solo exhibitions.

 

 

       .   All you Sailors

Left:  Black Forrest (2014) Photo-tapestry, 42cm x 60cm (framed).       Right: All you Sailors (2014) Photo-tapestry, 80cm x 66cm (framed).

 

 

Research

"In Deb Mansfield's new series of photo-tapestries; Get out of the water and And Dive into the sea, the precarious nature of travel is explored though internet-found images of island crossings and early forays into space.

Mansfield is renowned for immersing herself in littoral regions of her research - the geographic spaces that are borders, edges and inbetweens. Through her photography, tapestry and installation works, we have roved wih her into the mangroves of Lousisana and Queesnland, 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. 

Get out of the water and And Dive into the sea, thrusts 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 inbetween space, along with the choppy seas and jutting islands, transformed within her tapestries."

by Josephine Skinner.     [  http://www.josephineskinner.com/Info  ]

 

 

 

Push On      .         

Left:  Push on (2014) Photo-tapestry, 64cm x 64cm (framed).       Right:  You go on ahead (2014) Photo-tapestry, 64cm x 64cm (framed).

 

 

 

 

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Left:  Document of: The Armchair traveller (two-seater) (2013) Photo-tapestries upholstered into a reproduction Louis two-seater frame. W) 130cm x D) 70cm x H) 93cm.       Right:  The sea is going down (2014) Photo-tapestry, 80cm x 66cm (framed).       

 

 

 

Qualifications

  • Master of Research, University of New South Wales, 01/05/2013
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Griffith University, 01/02/2005

Research

Research keywords

  • Interstitial Sites
  • Islands
  • Littoral Geographies and Spaces
  • Nissology
  • Spaces of In-Between

Research expertise

Deb Mansfield :: www.debmansfield.com

Deb Mansfield is an Australian photomedia artist whose area of research looks at liminal geographies and spaces of in-between. In particular, interstitial sites that problematise assumptions about the nature of boundaries.

Mansfield's most recent solo exhibitions (2014): 'Get out of the water' (at Ryan Renshaw Gallery) and 'And dive into the sea' (Stills Gallery) look at the instabilities of island crossings and space explorations.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
190502Fine Arts (Incl. Sculpture And Painting)50
190503Lens-Based Practice25
190504Performance And Installation Art25

Awards

Finalist

2014The University of Newcastle Open Acquisitve Art Prize
The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Competition
2014Josephine Ulrick and Win Shubert Photography Award
Gold Coast Arts Centre (Australia)
Competition

Collaboration

For the past ten 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.

In 2015, Mansfield will be presenting a collaborative research project with Belinda Howden at The Lock-Up Gallery, Newcastle.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Alternative Photographic Techniques
  • Contemporary Art Practice
  • Digital Photography
  • Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Performance
  • Photo-Tapestries
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Highlighted Publications

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

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Mansfield DR, Parker Philip I, 'The Armchair Traveller: Cartographic Performance and Projective Travel Narratives', Runway Australian Experimental Art, . (2014)

About: **** 'Runway Australian Experimental Art' is an independent Australian experimental art journal run by a collective of Sydney-based and internationally-based artists, writers and curators. Runway is currently published three times a year and includes feature articles, interviews, artist commissions, reviews, previews and international updates. Each issue is organised around a theme, and all content is commissioned based on proposals submitted in an open callout. Runway is produced by The Invisible Inc., an artist run initiative that aims to promote the activities of Australian artists, both nationally and abroad. The Invisible Inc. is a collective of local and internationally-based Australian visual artists, curators and writers engaged in individual and collaborative projects across a broad range of disciplines. The Invisible Inc. aims to facilitate the production, development and dissemination of Australian contemporary art practice that is critically engaged and openly experimental. The ongoing and primary project of The Invisible Inc. is the not-for-profit Australian contemporary art journal Runway. In addition to publishing activity, The Invisible Inc. also undertakes collaborative projects, curates exhibitions, and runs events and symposia.

2013Mansfield DR, 'The Armchair traveller: Littoral Zones and the Domestic Environment', The Armchair traveller: Littoral Zones and the Domestic Environment. Sydney (2013)

About: **** This 20-page, colour publication was produced in conjunction with 'The Armchair Traveller' exhibition, presented at MOP Projects, Sydney (2013). This publication is not only a record of the works that were exhibited, but it also presents additional works, essays and creative writing on the subject of armchair travelling and spaces of in-between. ISBN: 9781-921-661-310

2013Mansfield 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]

About: **** Alternation is an international journal which publishes interdisciplinary contributions in the fields of the Arts and Humanities in Southern Africa :: Prior to publication, each publication in Alternation is refereed by at least two independent peer reviewers. Alternation is indexed in The Index to South African Periodicals (ISAP) and reviewed in The African Book Publishing Record (ABPR). Alternation is published every semester :: Alternation was accredited in 1996 :: Editor in Chief: Johannes A Srnit (UKZN) :: Associate Editor: Judith Lütge Coullie (UKZN) :: Editorial Assistant: Beverly Vencatsamy (UKZN)

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

About: **** A series of scholarly essays accompany the extraordinary array of reproductions which bring to the viewer what must be one of the most comprehensive collections of Australian photographic art ever compiled. | | "This is a wonderfully ambitious book. There has been no other publication on Australian art photography that so richly illustrates a period: 400 illustrations from 1980 to the present, by 190 individual photographers. And their work looks impressive – diverse, energetic, sophisticated. The selection is satisfyingly broad, covering an eclectic range of approaches, styles, and concerns." | by Helen Ennis [ http://helenennis.com ]

2014Mansfield DR, 'INTERVIEW: Deb Mansfield by Naomi Riddle', : Try Hard Magazine (2014)

About: **** Try Hard Magazine is an independent, online publication focused on Australian and New Zealand photography. It is dedicated to showcasing the work of Australian photographers, New Zealand photographers and international photographers who may be living or working in either country. Try Hard Magazine also aims to encourage writers and academics to contribute original written content in the form of short-form essays, interviews and book reviews that act to further the dialogue centered around the medium. Try Hard Magazine is founded and curated by photographers Benjamin Chadbond and Patrick Mason.

2014Mansfield DR, 'INTERVIEW: Deb Mansfield by Jonathan McBurnie', (2014)

About: **** Sneaky Magazine is a publication from Sydney and Melbourne.

2014Mansfield DR, 'INTERVIEW: Deb Mansfield by Sasanki Tennakoon', (2014)

About: **** RAVEN is a platform for contemporary art and events. Australian focused yet internationally engaged, RAVEN offers current and comprehensive online access to artists, artworks, and exhibitions by member galleries. RAVEN is a source of art related opinions and reviews, a tool to plan exhibition visits and a place to view art available for sale in Australia’s leading galleries. RAVEN contemporary is also Australia’s favourite gallery guide app and is available across multiple platforms including Instagram, Facebook, e-news and Twitter.

2014Mansfield DR, 'INTERVIEW: Deb Mansfield Interview by Casey Hutton', (2014)

About: **** The Meander is an online journal, which features interesting and genuine people, places, ideas and stories. We aim to explore and document contemporary arts and culture in an authentic way.

Publications

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

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Book (1 outputs)

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

About: **** A series of scholarly essays accompany the extraordinary array of reproductions which bring to the viewer what must be one of the most comprehensive collections of Australian photographic art ever compiled. | | "This is a wonderfully ambitious book. There has been no other publication on Australian art photography that so richly illustrates a period: 400 illustrations from 1980 to the present, by 190 individual photographers. And their work looks impressive – diverse, energetic, sophisticated. The selection is satisfyingly broad, covering an eclectic range of approaches, styles, and concerns." | by Helen Ennis [ http://helenennis.com ]

Journal article (2 outputs)

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2014Mansfield DR, Parker Philip I, 'The Armchair Traveller: Cartographic Performance and Projective Travel Narratives', Runway Australian Experimental Art, . (2014)

About: **** 'Runway Australian Experimental Art' is an independent Australian experimental art journal run by a collective of Sydney-based and internationally-based artists, writers and curators. Runway is currently published three times a year and includes feature articles, interviews, artist commissions, reviews, previews and international updates. Each issue is organised around a theme, and all content is commissioned based on proposals submitted in an open callout. Runway is produced by The Invisible Inc., an artist run initiative that aims to promote the activities of Australian artists, both nationally and abroad. The Invisible Inc. is a collective of local and internationally-based Australian visual artists, curators and writers engaged in individual and collaborative projects across a broad range of disciplines. The Invisible Inc. aims to facilitate the production, development and dissemination of Australian contemporary art practice that is critically engaged and openly experimental. The ongoing and primary project of The Invisible Inc. is the not-for-profit Australian contemporary art journal Runway. In addition to publishing activity, The Invisible Inc. also undertakes collaborative projects, curates exhibitions, and runs events and symposia.

2013Mansfield 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]

About: **** Alternation is an international journal which publishes interdisciplinary contributions in the fields of the Arts and Humanities in Southern Africa :: Prior to publication, each publication in Alternation is refereed by at least two independent peer reviewers. Alternation is indexed in The Index to South African Periodicals (ISAP) and reviewed in The African Book Publishing Record (ABPR). Alternation is published every semester :: Alternation was accredited in 1996 :: Editor in Chief: Johannes A Srnit (UKZN) :: Associate Editor: Judith Lütge Coullie (UKZN) :: Editorial Assistant: Beverly Vencatsamy (UKZN)

Conference (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Mansfield DR, 'The Armchair Traveller: Littoral Zones and the Domestic Environment', Alternation: international journal for the study of Southern African literature and languages, Kleimond, South Africa (2011)

Creative Work (47 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Mansfield DR, Silver, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane (2014)
2014Mansfield DR, Get out of the water, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane (2014)
2014Mansfield DR, Softening (Or break the legs of what I want to happen), Sawtooth Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania (2014)
2014Mansfield DR, And the islands slid up the side of the plane, Gallery Mercure, Kings Cross, Sydney (2014)
2014Mansfield DR, DM ARI, Ryan Renshaw Window Space, Brisbane (2014)
2014Mansfield DR, Firing on all Cylinders, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney (2014)
2014Mansfield DR, SPACE (the final frontier), The Workroom, Newcastle (2014)
2014Mansfield DR, And dive into the sea, Stills Gallery, Sydney (2014)
2013Mansfield DR, Dump/Fylling, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane (2013)
2013Mansfield DR, The Armchair Traveller, MOP Projetcs, Sydney (2013)
2013Mansfield DR, COMMISSION: Silver, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane (2013)
2013Mansfield DR, On the Surface of Things, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney (2013)
2013Mansfield DR, Space is the Place, Wellington St. Projects, Sydney (2013)
2012Mansfield DR, The Open Door, Redland Art Gallery, Brisbane (2012)
2010Mansfield DR, Hush Now, Lousiana, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra (2010)
2010Mansfield DR, Darkness Creeps, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney (2010)
2010Mansfield DR, Shelf Life, Delmar Gallery, Sydney (2010)
2010Mansfield DR, Twelve Degrees of Latitude: Queensland's Sesquicentenary (Touring exhibition), Regional Gallery and University Art Collections in Queensland (2010)
2009Mansfield DR, Hush Now, Louisiana, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane (2009)
2009Mansfield DR, Fremantle Print Award Exhibition, Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia (2009)
2009Mansfield DR, Hush Now, Louisiana, Sheffer Gallery, Sydney (2009)
2009Mansfield DR, New Skin, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane (2009)
2009Mansfield DR, Synchronicity, Toowoomba Regional Gallery, Queensland (2009)
2008Mansfield DR, Postcard from Redlands, Redland Art Gallery, Brisbane (2008)
2008Mansfield DR, Photo L.A. (with The Queensland Centre for Photography), Photo L.A., United States of America (2008)
2008Mansfield DR, Hutchinson, Mansfield & McKeich, Stills Gallery, Sydney (2008)
2007Mansfield DR, COMMISSION: Queensland Health: Aged Care Capital Works, Wondai and Redlands (2007)
2007Mansfield DR, Refresh - Guest Artist, Brisbane Grammar Art Show, Brisbane (2007)
2006Mansfield DR, Neo Eco, Redland Art Gallery, Brisbane (2006)
2006Mansfield DR, Anticipating the Islands, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane (2006)
2006Mansfield DR, COMMISSION: Wild Suburbia, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane (2006)
2005Mansfield DR, Thiess Art Prize - Finalist, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane (2005)
2005Mansfield DR, The Space Between Words, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane (2005)
2004Mansfield DR, Another Viewpoint: Camera-less, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane (2004)
2004Mansfield DR, Neither here nor there, Redland Art Gallery, Brisbane (2004)
2004Mansfield DR, Sleight, Redland Art Gallery, Brisbane (2004)
2004Mansfield DR, Malt Lys/Painted Light, Metro Arts, Brisbane (2004)
2004Mansfield DR, New Photomedia, The Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2004)
2003Mansfield DR, Wide Open, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane (2003)
2003Mansfield DR, Fresh Cut, The Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2003)
2003Mansfield DR, Neither here nor there, Gallery 482, Brisbane (2003)
2003Mansfield DR, Memory and the Mathametics of Beauty, Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane (2003)
2003Mansfield DR, COMMISSION: Varsity Lakes: Concept Design (2003)
2002Mansfield DR, New Photographic Works, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane (2002)
2002Mansfield DR, The Travels of Small Things, 60 Merivale St., South Brisbane (2002)
2002Mansfield DR, Manifesto, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane (2002)
2001Mansfield DR, You are here, 723 Stanley St. Woolloongabba, Brisbane (2001)
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Other (8 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Mansfield DR, 'COLLECTIONS WHERE ARTWORKS ARE HELD :: Artbank // QUT Art Museum // Daryl Hewson // Redland Art Gallery // Queensland Centre for Photography', (2014)
2014Mansfield DR, 'INTERVIEW: Deb Mansfield by Jonathan McBurnie', (2014)

About: **** Sneaky Magazine is a publication from Sydney and Melbourne.

2014Mansfield DR, 'INTERVIEW: Deb Mansfield Interview by Casey Hutton', (2014)

About: **** The Meander is an online journal, which features interesting and genuine people, places, ideas and stories. We aim to explore and document contemporary arts and culture in an authentic way.

2014Mansfield DR, 'INTERVIEW: Deb Mansfield by Sasanki Tennakoon', (2014)

About: **** RAVEN is a platform for contemporary art and events. Australian focused yet internationally engaged, RAVEN offers current and comprehensive online access to artists, artworks, and exhibitions by member galleries. RAVEN is a source of art related opinions and reviews, a tool to plan exhibition visits and a place to view art available for sale in Australia’s leading galleries. RAVEN contemporary is also Australia’s favourite gallery guide app and is available across multiple platforms including Instagram, Facebook, e-news and Twitter.

2014Mansfield DR, 'INTERVIEW: Deb Mansfield by Naomi Riddle', : Try Hard Magazine (2014)

About: **** Try Hard Magazine is an independent, online publication focused on Australian and New Zealand photography. It is dedicated to showcasing the work of Australian photographers, New Zealand photographers and international photographers who may be living or working in either country. Try Hard Magazine also aims to encourage writers and academics to contribute original written content in the form of short-form essays, interviews and book reviews that act to further the dialogue centered around the medium. Try Hard Magazine is founded and curated by photographers Benjamin Chadbond and Patrick Mason.

2013Parker Philip I, 'On the Surface of Things', (2013)
2013Mansfield DR, 'REVIEW: Fringe Dwelling by Isobel Parker Philip', (2013)
2013Mansfield DR, 'The Armchair traveller: Littoral Zones and the Domestic Environment', The Armchair traveller: Littoral Zones and the Domestic Environment. Sydney (2013)

About: **** This 20-page, colour publication was produced in conjunction with 'The Armchair Traveller' exhibition, presented at MOP Projects, Sydney (2013). This publication is not only a record of the works that were exhibited, but it also presents additional works, essays and creative writing on the subject of armchair travelling and spaces of in-between. ISBN: 9781-921-661-310

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Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Mansfield D, The Armchair Traveller: Littoral Zones and the Domestic Environment, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales (2013)
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Research Supervision

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Ms Deborah (Deb) Mansfield

Work Phone4921 6679
Email
PositionAssociate Lecturer
School of Creative Arts
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaFine Art
Office
VA210,
VA Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/deb-mansfield
Linkhttp://www.debmansfield.com