Ms Deb Mansfield
School of Creative Arts (Fine Art)
- Phone:4921 6679
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).
"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 ]
Left: Black Forrest (2014) Photo-tapestry, 42cm x 60cm (framed). Right: All you Sailors (2014) Photo-tapestry, 80cm x 66cm (framed).
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.
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.
- Master of Research, University of New South Wales
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Griffith University
- Alternative Photographic Techniques
- Contemporary Art Practice
- Digital Photography
- Interdisciplinary Practice
- Interstitial Sites
- Littoral Geographies and Spaces
- Spaces of In-Between
Fields of Research
|190502||Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)||50|
|190504||Performance and Installation Art||25|
|Dates||Title||Organisation / Department|
|17/02/2015 - 31/12/2015||Associate Lecturer||University of Newcastle|
School of Creative Arts
|Dates||Title||Organisation / Department|
|1/01/2013 - 1/12/2013||Sessional Lecturer||University of Technology Sydney|
Photography in Situated Media
|1/01/2009 - 1/12/2013||Sessional Lecturer||The University of New South Wales|
College of Fine Arts
|1/01/2006 - 1/05/2008||Sessional Lecturer||Griffith University|
Queensland College of Art
|1/01/2003 - 1/01/2006||Tutor||Griffith University|
Queensland College of Art
|2014||Josephine Ulrick and Win Shubert Photography Award|
|2014||The University of Newcastle Open Acquisitve Art Prize|
For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.
Book (1 outputs)
|2010||Marsh A, Look: Contemporary Australian Photography Since 1980., Macmillan Art Pub, Australia, 399 (2010) [A3]|
Journal article (2 outputs)
|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 (1 outputs)
|2011||Mansfield 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]|
Creative Work (51 outputs)
|2015||Mansfield DR, Some Rocky Socket, Wellington St. Projects (2015)|
|2015||Mansfield DR, Friends with Benefits, Twenty Thirty Seven (2015)|
|2014||Mansfield DR, Silver, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane (2014) [J2]|
|2014||Mansfield DR, DM ARI, Ryan Renshaw Window Space, Brisbane (2014) [J2]|
|2014||Mansfield DR, And dive into the sea, Stills Gallery, Sydney (2014) [J2]|
|2014||Mansfield DR, Firing on all Cylinders, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney (2014) [J2]|
|2014||Mansfield DR, Season 14 :: Stills Gallery, Stills Gallery (2014) [J2]|
|2014||Mansfield DR, Get out of the water, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane (2014) [J1]|
|2014||Mansfield DR, SPACE (the final frontier), The Workroom, Newcastle (2014) [J2]|
|2014||Mansfield DR, And the islands slid up the side of the plane, Gallery Mercure, Kings Cross, Sydney (2014) [J2]|
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Other (8 outputs)
|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)|
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Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)
|2013||Mansfield D, The Armchair Traveller: Littoral Zones and the Domestic Environment, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales (2013)|
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.
January 23, 2015
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.