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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 island narratives and spaces of in-between. 

Drawing on a diversity of found and manipulated imagery, Mansfield looks to the peripheral sites - islands, intertidal zones, space travel - as a way of investigating the nature of boundaries and borders. In choosing spaces that are neither here nor there, and by conflating the exotic and the domestic, 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.

   

Some Rocky Socket':  After the war and Sardine/Tangle Eye (2015) Hand woven photo-tapestries (while at sea), resin cleats, lighting, electrical cords.

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.

   

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

        .   All you Sailors

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

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: 'Some Rocky Socket' (at Wellington St. Projects, Sydney. 2015), 'Get out of the water' (Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane. 2014), 'And dive into the sea' (Stills Gallery, Sydney. 2014) draw on a diversity of found and manipulated imagery. Mansfield looks to the peripheral sites - islands, intertidal zones, space travel - as a way of investigating the nature of boundaries and borders. In choosing spaces that are neither here nor there, and by conflating the exotic and the domestic, her practice echoes the type of exploratory travel that first inspired it. She makes use of these sites as stop-overs, moments of respite in her navigation across a contemporary cultural landscape. 

Collaborations
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.


Qualifications

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

Keywords

  • Alternative Photographic Techniques
  • Contemporary Art Practice
  • Digital Photography
  • Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Interstitial Sites
  • Islands
  • Littoral Geographies and Spaces
  • Nissology
  • Performance
  • Photo-Tapestries
  • Spaces of In-Between

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
190502Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)50
190503Lens-based Practice25
190504Performance and Installation Art25

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
17/02/2015 - 31/12/2015Associate LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Creative Arts
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2013 - 1/12/2013Sessional LecturerUniversity of Technology Sydney
Photography in Situated Media
Australia
1/01/2009 - 1/12/2013Sessional LecturerThe University of New South Wales
College of Fine Arts
Australia
1/01/2006 - 1/05/2008Sessional LecturerGriffith University
Queensland College of Art
Australia
1/01/2003 - 1/01/2006TutorGriffith University
Queensland College of Art
Australia

Awards

Recipient

YearAward
2014Josephine Ulrick and Win Shubert Photography Award
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2014The University of Newcastle Open Acquisitve Art Prize
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Publications

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


Book (1 outputs)

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2010Marsh A, Look: Contemporary Australian Photography Since 1980., Macmillan Art Pub, Australia, 399 (2010) [A3]
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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) [C1]
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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]
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Conference (1 outputs)

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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) [E2]
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Creative Work (51 outputs)

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2015Mansfield DR, Some Rocky Socket, Wellington St. Projects (2015)
2015Mansfield DR, Friends with Benefits, Twenty Thirty Seven (2015)
2014Mansfield DR, Silver, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane (2014) [J2]
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2014Mansfield DR, Softening (Or break the legs of what I want to happen), Chapter House Lane, Melbourne, Vic (2014) [J1]
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2014Mansfield DR, DM ARI, Ryan Renshaw Window Space, Brisbane (2014) [J2]
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2014Mansfield DR, And dive into the sea, Stills Gallery, Sydney (2014) [J2]
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2014Mansfield DR, Firing on all Cylinders, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney (2014) [J2]
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2014Mansfield DR, Season 14 :: Stills Gallery, Stills Gallery (2014) [J2]
2014Mansfield DR, Get out of the water, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane (2014) [J1]
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2014Mansfield DR, SPACE (the final frontier), The Workroom, Newcastle (2014) [J2]
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2014Mansfield DR, And the islands slid up the side of the plane, Gallery Mercure, Kings Cross, Sydney (2014) [J2]
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2014Mansfield DR, Softening (or break the legs of what I want to happen) (2014)
2013Mansfield DR, COMMISSION: Silver, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane (2013)
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2013Mansfield DR, On the Surface of Things, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney (2013)
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2013Mansfield DR, Dump/Fylling, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane (2013)
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2013Mansfield DR, The Armchair Traveller, MOP Projetcs, Sydney (2013)
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2013Mansfield DR, Space is the Place, Wellington St. Projects, Sydney (2013)
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2012Mansfield DR, The Open Door, Redland Art Gallery, Brisbane (2012)
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2010Mansfield DR, Hush Now, Lousiana, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra (2010)
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2010Mansfield DR, Twelve Degrees of Latitude: Queensland's Sesquicentenary (Touring exhibition), Regional Gallery and University Art Collections in Queensland (2010)
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2010Mansfield DR, Darkness Creeps, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney (2010)
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2010Mansfield DR, Shelf Life, Delmar Gallery, Sydney (2010)
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2009Mansfield DR, New Skin, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane (2009)
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2009Mansfield DR, Hush Now, Louisiana, Sheffer Gallery, Sydney (2009)
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2009Mansfield DR, Synchronicity, Toowoomba Regional Gallery, Queensland (2009)
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2009Mansfield DR, Hush Now, Louisiana, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane (2009)
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2009Mansfield DR, Fremantle Print Award Exhibition, Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia (2009)
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2008Mansfield DR, Hutchinson, Mansfield & McKeich, Stills Gallery, Sydney (2008)
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2008Mansfield DR, Photo L.A. (with The Queensland Centre for Photography), Photo L.A., United States of America (2008)
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2008Mansfield DR, Postcard from Redlands, Redland Art Gallery, Brisbane (2008)
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2007Mansfield DR, Refresh - Guest Artist, Brisbane Grammar Art Show, Brisbane (2007)
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2007Mansfield DR, COMMISSION: Queensland Health: Aged Care Capital Works, Wondai and Redlands (2007)
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2006Mansfield DR, Anticipating the Islands, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane (2006)
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2006Mansfield DR, COMMISSION: Wild Suburbia, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane (2006)
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2006Mansfield DR, Neo Eco, Redland Art Gallery, Brisbane (2006)
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2005Mansfield DR, Thiess Art Prize - Finalist, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane (2005)
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2005Mansfield DR, The Space Between Words, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane (2005)
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2004Mansfield DR, Another Viewpoint: Camera-less, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane (2004)
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2004Mansfield DR, New Photomedia, The Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2004)
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2004Mansfield DR, Malt Lys/Painted Light, Metro Arts, Brisbane (2004)
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2004Mansfield DR, Neither here nor there, Redland Art Gallery, Brisbane (2004)
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2004Mansfield DR, Sleight, Redland Art Gallery, Brisbane (2004)
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2003Mansfield DR, COMMISSION: Varsity Lakes: Concept Design (2003)
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2003Mansfield DR, Fresh Cut, The Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2003)
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2003Mansfield DR, Memory and the Mathametics of Beauty, Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane (2003)
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2003Mansfield DR, Wide Open, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane (2003)
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2003Mansfield DR, Neither here nor there, Gallery 482, Brisbane (2003)
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2002Mansfield DR, The Travels of Small Things, 60 Merivale St., South Brisbane (2002)
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2002Mansfield DR, Manifesto, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane (2002)
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2002Mansfield DR, New Photographic Works, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane (2002)
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2001Mansfield DR, You are here, 723 Stanley St. Woolloongabba, Brisbane (2001)
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Other (8 outputs)

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2014Mansfield DR, 'INTERVIEW: Deb Mansfield by Sasanki Tennakoon', (2014)
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2014Mansfield DR, 'INTERVIEW: Deb Mansfield by Jonathan McBurnie', (2014)
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2014Mansfield DR, 'INTERVIEW: Deb Mansfield Interview by Casey Hutton', (2014)
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2014Mansfield DR, 'INTERVIEW: Deb Mansfield by Naomi Riddle', : Try Hard Magazine (2014)
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2014Mansfield DR, 'COLLECTIONS WHERE ARTWORKS ARE HELD :: Artbank // QUT Art Museum // Daryl Hewson // Redland Art Gallery // Queensland Centre for Photography', (2014)
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2013Mansfield DR, 'REVIEW: Fringe Dwelling by Isobel Parker Philip', (2013)
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2013Mansfield DR, 'The Armchair traveller: Littoral Zones and the Domestic Environment', The Armchair traveller: Littoral Zones and the Domestic Environment. Sydney (2013) [O1]
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2013Parker Philip I, 'On the Surface of Things', (2013)
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Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

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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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News

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

Emaildeb.mansfield@newcastle.edu.au
Phone4921 6679

Office

RoomVA210
BuildingVA Building
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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