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Deborah Sleeman

My art practice is sculptural and largely inspired by the natural world and island community within which I live and work. The work is informed by formal study as well as my life experiences of a landscape traversed slowly, sailing and walking.

I constantly explore the animate and inanimate in our world as integral rather than separate entities. As a result my sculptural forms have become more ambiguous, a blurring of the boundaries as it were between topographical and living forms, putting us out of centre stage so that there is equal weight for all entities.

A fascination with the interface between opposites informs my work. What happens in the space between land and sea, between night and day, between living and perceived non living, between male and female principles. Words that describe this space are themselves delicious. Metamorphic, liminal, crepuscular.

It is a constant challenge to imbue the built form with this invisibility.

Deborah Sleeman 2017

Education

1997-2001
Diploma of Technology in Social Work. Uni S.A.
Advanced Diploma of Applied and Visual Art. N.A.S.A/AIT Arts                              
2006                          
Bachelor of Visual Art and Design. ACA. Adelaide

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2012                          
Coriole Music Festival. Guest artist.
2009                          
BMG Art. Adelaide. Recent Sculpture
2008                          
They all fall down, Harrison Galleries. Sydney.
2007                          
BMG Art. Adelaide
2005                          
Close to the Wind, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide

Awards

2016                          
Kangaroo Island Art Exhibition. 3D Prize
2007                          
Artist as Educators Award. South Australian Youth Arts Board
2006                          
Kangaroo Island Easter Art Exhibition 3D Prize
Palmer Sculpture Biennial Artists' Prize

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017                          
Mirrorstate West Gallery, Thebarton SA
Island to Inland  Flinders Uni. Art Gallery
2016                          
Palmer Sculpture Biennial
2015                          
Sculpture X Sea , Bondi, Sydney
2014                          
Through the Mirror Ball  BMGArt
Lorne sculpture Biennial and Sculpturescape
Palmer Sculpture Biennial
Heysen Sculpture Biennial
2013                      
Geographica  Light Square Gallery , Adelaide  
Life on the Edge , Artfeast, Kangaroo Island
2012 
Palmer Sculpture Biennial / Heysen Sculpture Biennial B6
Finalist Outback Open Art Prize
2011                          
Fleurieu Art Prize, Sculpture Invitational Exhibition. SA
2010                          
International Year of Biodiversity Exbn KI NRM Board
Palmer Sculpture Biennial.
2009                         
Construct and Object Axia Modern Art, Melbourne. Vic
Sculpture on the Cliffs. Elliston S.A
2008                        
Hinterland; Palmer Sculpture Biennial Touring Exhibition
Newland Gallery and Regional South Australia.
Uneasy: Recent South Australian Art. Samstag Museum of  Art, University of South Australia
Palmer Sculpture Biennial
Group Sculpture Exhibition, Harrison Galleries, Sydney
2007
Sydney Art Fair
The Art of Fashion. Australian Academy of Design, Port Melbourne
Sculpture on the Cliffs. Elliston SA
2006
Palmer Project Winter Landscape. Murray/Darling Palimpsest
Craftsouth Wishlist SALA week Exhibition
2003
Sculpture X Sea, Sydney. Sculpture Inside, Bondi

Selected Commissions

2002-16                    
Numerous private commissions
2014                          
Sculpture Design for King Island, Tas.
2011-12                      
Rock the Boat, Commission for 175th  year of Settlement of  SA, Kingscote, Kangaroo Island. Copper, glass, steel
2009-11                    
‘Midden’, Sculpture commission for Port Adelaide/Enfield Council on Semphore Road. Granite, bronze.
2007- 8                     
Entry Statement for Kingscote, Kangaroo Island: Stainless Steel, Copper, timber            
2005                          
Concept Design for sculpture for Zero Waste                       
2004                       
"Timeline”. Sculpture Commission for Holdfast Bay City   Council. Colley Reserve, Glenelg ‘Granite, bronze.
2003                       
Concept Design Adelaide City Council. Grote Street
2002                          
‘Anchored/Adrift’, Commission for Glenelg Foreshore, Glenelg. Granite, bronze, timber, stainless steel
2001-02                    
Mary Beckwith Commemorative sculpture, Baudin Beach, Kangaroo Island. S/S, etched copper sheet, S/S rivets.

Residencies, Workshops and Community Projects
2016                          
Concept Design workshops at Kangaroo Island      
Community Education for Sculpture Walk, Kingscote.
2010                       
Artist in Residence, St Ignatius College, Adelaide
Artist in Residence, Whitsunday Anglican School, Mackay
2009                      
“Stirring the Possum” The Art of Nature” Dept of  Envirnmt & Heritage forum with Ben Peacock &Michael Leunig.
Found object workshop with beach junk at Elliston for Sculpture on the Cliffs.
2007-3                      
Various workshops at Kangaroo Island Community Education,Community Mosaic Project at American River.

Selected Publications

2014                       
The Art of Open Air, Christine Nicholls, World Sculpture News, Vol. 20, No2, Spring 2014
2013                          
Geographica Catalogue essay
2012                          
Art Monthly Australia, Lessons in Visual Literacy, Heysen Sculpture Biennial, Tamsin Kerr, p10
The Advertiser 27th Oct, Weekend Review, p74.
2010                          
The Islander, July issue of The Art Part  by Kathie Stove  
2009                          
Adelaide Review. Dec Issue The Art of Nature. J Neylon
2008                          
Uneasy; Recent South Australian Art: Timothy Morrell. Pub: Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art. Uni SA.
Artpost, www.abc.com/artpost
2007                          
Scoop Magazine. July Issue. Article by Margot Osborne.
2007                          
The Advertiser. January 20. Pp 6 - 8
2006                          
Australian Architectural Review August 2006
SA Life, May Issue p 92-3
The Advertiser; March 11. P 13-14
2005                          
Adelaide Review June 10 -23, P 20
2003                          
‘Sydney Living’, Article on Sculpture by the Sea. 
2001                          
Artlink. Volume 21, No 3, Page 78          

Deborah Sleeman

Lovers


Medium:
Copper, pressed tin, rivets, steel

Dimensions:
120 x 200 x 150 cm

$6,800

Deborah Sleeman

Looking for lightness of being


Materials:
Copper, pressed tin, rivets

Dimensions:
53 x 65 x 90cm

$5,200
SOLD

Deborah Sleeman

At the still point of the turning world


Materials:
Copper, pressed tin, rivets

Dimensions:
Aprox 65 x 83 x 75 cm

$5,200

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