Dr Faye Neilson

Dr Faye Neilson

Lecturer

School of Creative Industries (Fine Art)

Career Summary

Biography

Faye Neilson is an artist and lecturer in Art History/Theory and 3D studio practice.  After completing undergraduate studies in Fine Art at the University of Newcastle, she exhibited and worked as a translator in Germany.  Neilson returned to Australia in 2001 to begin her PhD research, following the conferral of an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship.  She was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Newcastle in 2007.  Her PHD exegesis, Bed and Body: aspects of personal comfort, explored the metaphorical significance of beds in contemporary art practice and also served to contextualise her exhibition of artwork.  Here, notions of comfort were aligned with memory, displacement, maternity and the early experience of attachment in children.  Faye’s exhibited mixed media works drew on comfort objects in the domestic environment, revealing the bed as a multi-faceted symbol.

Faye Neilson has been teaching at the University of Newcastle since 2006. Lecturing in both Art History/Theory and 3D Studio Practice, she is particularly interested in finding ways to promote conceptual and critical thinking and to strengthen the students’ understanding of the relationship between research and practice.

Research Expertise

Faye Neilson’s research focus lies in the broad area of 3D art and its theoretical discourse, particularly in relation to contemporary art practice and installation. More specifically, her interests relate to object materiality, analogy and signification with reference to the domestic environment, especially in the reworking of traditional fibres-textiles processes. Neilson’s PhD Exegesis, titled Bed and Body: aspects of personal comfort, theoretically contextualized her own practice through investigating the metaphorical use of beds in contemporary art practice. A diverse range of contemporary art objects were considered in this research, highlighting the key role of analogy in relation to artefacts and their materiality. Over the past twenty years she has participated in both solo and group exhibitions in Australia and Germany. 


Teaching Expertise
Faye Neilson lectures in both Studio and Art History/Theory courses at the University of Newcastle. In Art History/Theory she has taught in the broad Fine Art strands of Critical Studies, Contemporary Issues in Art, Visual Analysis and 3-D Arts since 1900. She has also lectured in the studio areas of Soft Sculpture, 3D Art, Ceramics and Fibres-Textiles. Neilson supervises students enrolled in the Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) program and at Postgraduate level. 



Qualifications

  • PhD (Fine Art), University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Diploma in Art, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • 3D Art Practice
  • 3D Studio Practice
  • Art History/Theory
  • Ceramics Studio Practice
  • Fibres-Textiles Studio Practice
  • Installation
  • Object Materiality
  • Textiles
  • The Quotidian
  • Trace and memory

Languages

  • German (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
190599 Visual Arts and Crafts not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Creative Industries
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2018 -  Convenor - Bachelor of Fine Art Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Australia
1/01/2014 -  Convenor - Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Australia
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Publications

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


Journal article (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Rey U, Neilson FL, 'Crafting pathos with Dani Marti', Art Monthly Australia, 255 5-7 (2012) [C3]
Co-authors Una Rey
2010 Neilson F, 'Jan Downes Illumination: Language, Landscape and Light', CERAMICS-ART AND PERCEPTION, 31-33 (2010)

Creative Work (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2006 Burgess R, Neilson FL, Shedding Skin, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery (2006) [J1]
2004 Neilson FL, Hush, rocketart (2004) [J1]
2004 Neilson FL, 1000 small boxes, Kankaku Museum, Iwadeyama Town, Japan (2004) [J1]
2004 Neilson FL, Palimpsests Exhibition, Access Gallery, Curtin University (2004) [J1]
2004 Downes JM, Neilson FL, Woodrow RD, Hale CP, Longworth JF, Jones SJ, et al., Joint an auction preview, back to back galleries, Newcastle (2004) [J2]
2004 Neilson FL, Footprint, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle (2004) [J2]
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed2
Current8

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Exploring Spatial, Phenomenological and Contextual Influences and Affects Upon the Interpretation and Experience of Art PhD (Fine Art), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 Masters Landscape as Imagined Phenomenon of Space M Philosophy (Fine Art), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD By the good Grace: How can art demonstrate the moral responsibility humans have in their relationships with animals in their care? PhD (Fine Art), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD Art and Biloela: A Conceptualisation of Girls Incarcerated on Cockatoo Island, 1871-1880 PhD (Fine Art), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 Masters Vacant; of a Place Not Occupied M Philosophy (Fine Art), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD How are Feminisms Informed and Understood through Collections of Images and Objects Presented by Artists? PhD (Fine Art), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Noteworthy: a collection of ordinary lives PhD (Fine Art), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2013 PhD Considering the Baggage: The Perception and Phenomenology of Sculpture when Sited in a Specified Context PhD (Fine Art), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2018 PhD The Dark Side of the Self and the Shadow PhD (Fine Art), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2018 PhD On the Use of Text by Politically Motivated Iranian Visual Artists PhD (Fine Art), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Dr Faye Neilson

Position

Lecturer
Fine Art
School of Creative Industries
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Fine Art

Contact Details

Email faye.neilson@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 02 49 218664

Office

Room AT.28
Building Art Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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