Sam Petersen Biography


SAM PETERSEN

 

I’m interested in what can be done with one’s identity and the space around it. Both my body and mind, touching everyday feelings between the rational, the playful and the political.

Of course, this is often to do with my disability and my sexuality. My work has been focused on access, and the lack of it — to places, people’s minds and opportunities.

I find plasticine is a great subverter of space and potentially of people’s minds. And the continued flexibility of it is something I am really enjoying — covering or filling up gaps and playing with crevices.

But I’m finding that my work is drawing more and more to spoken word as a powerful format, as I become angrier and angrier.

 

EDUCATION

 

2012-2016

Bachelor of Fine Art, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne

2011

Diploma of Visual Arts, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne

Certificate 3 in Arts Administration, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne

 

EXHIBITIONS

2020

My pee is political, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney

2019

Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Scholarship Exhibition, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victorian College of Arts, Melbourne

2018

Snakes Alive, R. J. Logan Reserve, Altona, Melbourne

With See Hands, group show, Incinerator Gallery, Moonee Ponds, Melbourne

2017

Grey, Bus Projects, Melbourne

Real life Fantasies, group show, West Space, Melbourne

Low roofs make one feel like a mole in general, group show, Rearview, Melbourne

I’ll do angels instead, Stockroom, Kyneton

I’m Not There, TCB, Melbourne

2016

Not too bothered, but how dose this work?, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne

Clay like, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne

2015

Hmmm could be worse, pop up group show, Parkville, Melbourne

2012

SPAN, group show, Stockroom, Kyneton

Rejecting the Spectrum, curated group show, Level 6 Curtin House, Melbourne

Had A Few Too Many ‘She’s Amazing’ Today, solo, Room IV The Tree House, Melbourne

Cause & Effect, group project show, Art House, Warehouse, Melbourne

2011

Things we can’t say, group show, Pigment gallery, Melbourne

SpitbySpit, group show, First Site gallery, Melbourne

2010

Sick of trying to find where the roll starts, Minnie Wall Projects, Melbourne

 

PERFORMANCES

2019

My pee is political, As part of Liquid Architecture, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne

What might be obvious to me may not be obvious to others, As part of Language: Interdisciplinary, public forum, University of Melbourne

Gaslighting, As part of WTF is Performance Lecture?, University of Melbourne

2018

I'm Not A Good Girl, West Space

 

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

2016

The Basic Artist Services Graduate Prize

Melbourne University VCA National Gallery of Victoria Women's Association Award

Melbourne University VCA Agnes Robertson Scholarship for Painting,

Melbourne Access Scholarship

2015

Proud Second Year Art Award,

2012

Melbourne Access Scholarship, Melbourne University VCA

Agnes Robertson Scholarship for Painting, Melbourne University VCA

 

PROJECTS

2020

Welfare Symposium, West Space, Melbourne

2016

Artists talk and workshop for Melbourne University

2015

Curator and coordinator ‘Hmmm could be worse’, group exhibition and pop up gallery, Parkville

2012

Curator and MC of the VCA Film Fest

2011

Sponsorship coordination for group exhibition "Things We Can’t Say"

Presenter of training sessions for Scope, 2011

Co-planning and run workshops for Yoorala Art Project Course and Effect — funded by Arts Victoria