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Erica Seccombe

Lecturer
Foundation
Erica.Seccombe@anu.edu.au
Location: Foundation, ANU School of Art

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Erica Seccombe is based in Foundation Studios at the ANU School of Art & Design, and convenes and lecturers into the courses Figure & Life and Vision & Perception. She also lectures for The Centre for Art History and Art Theory, and has convened the courses for Australian Modernism, Cyberculture and first year Art History.

Erica is a visual artist based in Canberra. She was recently awarded the prestigious 2017 Capital Arts Patrons CAPO Fellowship. Her practice spans from traditional and photographic print media to experimental digital platforms using frontier scientific visualisation software.

Erica is currently a PhD candidate in Photography and Media Arts. GROW: experiencing Nature in the Fifth Dimension is her practice-led research project investigating time-resolved (4D) micro-X-ray Computed Tomography through immersive stereoscopic digital projection installations and 3D printing. 

Recent news

Recent activity

  • Selection panel, 2017 Synapse Residency, ANAT 
  • Judge: Paramor Prize, Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, February 2017.
  • Presenting: Oz Viz, University of the Sunshine Coast, 1-2 December 2016.
  • Guest Speaker: TWO CULTURES: A forum on global cultural collaborations with art & science, Asialink Arts (AA) in partnership with The Carlton Connect Initiative (CCI), a one-day forum focused on sharing ideas, experiences and interrogating the role of art in science. Monday 14 November, 2016. 
  • Guest Speaker: The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize – in conversation with contemporary glass artists Emilie Patteson, Elizabeth Kelly and Jenni Kemarre Martinello. National Archives of Australia. Sat 29 October 2016.
  • Guest Speaker: ArtScience Soiree: Collaboration across Disciplines, Part of Vivid Ideas, the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) hosts an ArtScience Soiree ― a free networking event for practicing artists and scientists interested in cross-disciplinary collaboration. 9 June 2016


Full Biography

Erica Seccombe is a visual artist based in Canberra. Her practice spans from traditional and photographic print media to experimental digital platforms using frontier scientific visualisation software.

Having begun two years of a BA in Visual Art in her hometown Darwin, Erica moved to Sydney in 1987. Graduating with a BA and a Grad Dip in Printmaking at Sydney College of the Arts, Erica continued her practice-led research at the ANU SoA in 2000, completing a Master of Philosophy in Printmedia & Drawing in 2003. Erica is now a recent PhD candidate in Photography & Media Arts where her research combines frontier scientific technologies with immersive stereoscopic projection installations. Grow: Experiencing Nature in the Fifth Dimension, is an interdisciplinary practice-led research project traversing the realms of art, science and technology through the exploration of germinating seeds.

In July 2015 she took up the .5 position of lecturer in Foundation at the ANU SoA and teaches the courses Figure & Life and Vision & Perception. She also lectures for The Centre for Art History and Art Theory (CAHAT), and has convened Australian Modernism, Cyberculture and taught into first year Art History. Erica has been a sessional lecturer in Printmaking and Art Theory for the SoA since 2000, and prior to this she taught printmaking at Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle. 

As a result of Erica's interdisciplinary research she also currently works at the ANU CT Lab at the Centre for Advanced Microscopy. This is a consultative role, working with researchers from a wide range of disciplines to advance skills in 3D Micro-CT dataset visualisation using the Volume Exploration Software Drishti

Erica's professional skills includes project management for academic publishing, design and conference organisation and has held positions in several key national arts organisations such as the National Gallery of Australia and Art Monthly Australia. Erica has managed high profile national conferences and speaker series for Sydney University's Research Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, RIHSS, and the Council for Humanities, Social Sciences and the Arts, CHASS, and regularly organises conferences and seminars for the ANU School of Art and the Centre for Art History and Art Theory. 

Erica is closely involved with Megalo Print Studio & Gallery. She is a two-time Artist in Resident and served for 7 years on the Megalo Board. From 2010 to 2014 she was Chair of the Board and was an integral part of the team who helped negotiate with the ACT Government to relocate Megalo to the new studios at the Kingston Foreshore. Erica now works at Megalo as a tutor in Screenprinting, and is currently working in the studios developing a new body of work for a solo exhibition in the Megalo Gallery in April 2017.

Erica’s art is held in collections at the National Gallery of Australia, the Australian Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial, and her interdisciplinary research has gained recognition nationally and internationally. She was recently awarded the 2017 CAPO Fellowship on the strength of her achievements. 

In 2010 she was recipient of the Synapse residency through ANAT, a 2011 Australia Council London Residency, and in 2015 she undertook an artistic residency at the Natural History Museum in London, supported by an artsACT grant. In 2015 her work, ‘Virtual Life’ won the inaugural Paramor Prize for Art and Innovation at Casula Powerhouse Sydney. Erica’s acquisition and visualization of time-resolved (4D) micro-X-ray Computed Tomography (4D micro-CT) is facilitated by the ANU Department of Applied Mathematics through CT Lab, and Vizlab in the ANU Supercomputer Facility and National Computational Infrastructure (NCI).

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2017 The Lady Botanist, Megalo Print Studio & Gallery, 8-31 April.
  • 2016, Out of Season (PhD Examination Exhibition) ANU School of Art Gallery
  • 2016 Metamorphosis, Brenda May Gallery, Dank St, Waterloo, Sydney. 9 July – 4 Aug.
  • 2014  A zone of Living things, Dominik Mersche Gallery, Rushcutters Bay,
  • Sydney, 8-31May
  • 2013 Science Fiction, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Supported by the Centenary  of Canberra. 16 Aug – 16 Sep
  • 2008 Nanoplastica, 23 May - 5 July, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Gormon  House, Canberra, ACT
  • 2004, Surface for Air, 2x4 Masters and PHD graduation exhibition 2004 ANU School of Art Gallery, 29th April - 1May
  • 2002, Work from the Megalo Residency Photography Gallery Space, ANU School of Art, 
  • 1998, SATELLITE space and other measurements. TAP Gallery, Sydney.

Selected ​Exhibitions

  • 2017, How Does Your Garden Grow? Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, NSW, 3 Feb - 18 March.
  • 2017, Pareidolia: cloud gazing, group show, curated Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, 8-30 March
  • 2017, Making Design Research, ANU SoA&D Gallery, 18-25 Feb
  • 2017, Aura, curated by Ben Rak, Manly Museum and Gallery: traveling, 14 Jul – 3 Sep.
  • 2016, Contour 556: interventions in the landscape, curated by Neil Hobbs, Canberra Public Art Festival 22 Oct - 13 Nov
  • 2016, Notfair: Sign O’the Times, curated by Kirsten Rann, 16-21 August 2016, 524 Flinders St, Melbourne.
  • 2015, Light Speculation, The Carlton Connect Initiative, The University of Melbourne, curated by Dr Renee Beale, July 2015.
  • 2013, Think it, make it share it, RiAus, The Science Exhange. Adelaide. SALA    Festival, Curated by ANAT, 2 August - 30 August 2013
  • 2013, Fremantle Print Award Exhibition, Fremantle WA 21 September – 17 November
  • 2013, Synapse a Selection, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, 8 June- 14July
  • 2013, Bad Girls, Gorman House, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, curated by
  • Annie Doyle Wawrzynaczak, 8 February – 16 March
  • 2012, Crossing the Rubicon, with Ellis Hutch, ANCA Studios & Gallery, Dickson,  Canberra, 24 October – 4 November
  • 2012, The 37th Alice Prize, selected contestant, The Araluen Centre, Alice Springs NT,  11 May - 10 June
  • 2011, Natural Digression, University of Technology, Sydney – group show with Penelope  Cain, Waratah Lahy, Al Munro, Kirsten Farrell, Ellis Hutch, Rose Montebelo,  March, forthcoming. 8 March - 12 April + at Level17 Artspace, Victorian University,  12-23 October, 2010
  • 2011, Imitation of Life, Canberra Musuem & Gallery, curated by Deborah Clark
  • 2011, Genart_sys | a window on digital culture, Australia Council for the arts, 28 January  - 16 March URL http://www.genartsys.com/
  • 2003,  24/7. Exhibition Home. artsACT public art project in conjunction with ACT housing and ACT Craft. Curated by Barbara McConchie
  • 2001,  No Muttering, contemporary printmedia, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, The University of  NSW; Gosford Regional Art Gallery, NSW; The Queensland University of  Technology Art Gallery, Brisbane; curator  Rilka Oakley.
  • 200, Wild Sheep Chase. Group show of contemporary Print and Photo media. Curated by Patsy Payne and Denise Ferris. CSA Gallery. ANU. ACT.
  • 2000, Vacant Possession. Collaborative Installation with video projection, sound and mixed media. with Scot Gordon, Cassie McCullagh and Rob Laurie. PROJECT, Centre for Contemporary Art. Wollongong.
  • 1999, Moments with glass artist Deb Jones. Christopher Thomas Art and Design. Adelaide. S.A.

International exhibitions 

  • 2015, Aesthetics of Manufacture, Sheffield Design Week, Butcher Works  Galley, UK, curated by Carle Baugh, Sheffield, UK. 
  • 2014, Natural History Museum, Tomography for Scientific Advancement exhibition – and highly commended finalist
  • 2012, Time & Vision, Curated by Paul Bayley, 20 years Australia Council for the Arts  London Studio Residency Exhibition, Barge House, London, 20 Oct – 11 Nov
  • 2012 Nanoplastica, So far The Future, London, UK 21-23 June (solo)
  • 2006 Super Natural, with Alison Munro. Alsager Art Centre, Faculty of Performing and Visual Arts Manchester University, Cheshire, UK.
  • 2003,  A Borderless State, the Miskolci Galleria, Prague, curator Dr Paul Thirkell, Centre for Fine Print Research, University of West England.
  • 2000, Y2K International Print Exhibition, National Taiwan Arts Education Institute,  Taiwan, and Tokyo Fine Arts University, Japan
  • 1998 2nd International Triennial of Graphic Art. The Labyrinth: Visions and  Interpretations of the Eternal Myth in Contemporary Printmaking Prague 

Screenings

  • 2013, Nanoplastica, This is Not Art Festival Building Projection Screening, Hunter Street, Newcastle,  October – November  
  • 2010, Nanoplastica, at Linear Progressions: where art meets science, (panel selection) curated by QUT  Creative Industries, screening at Precinct Parer Place, Kelvin Grove Urban Village  screens, selected Screens at Gardens Point & Federation Square, 14th – 22nd August.
  • 2010, Paro: mental commitment robot, VIRION, QUT, from 19 July to 1 August 2010, a screen based digital art exhibition  that links to public sites across Brisbane, focused in the Kelvin Grove Urban  Screen Network http://virion2012.com.au/submission/paro-mental-commitment-robot
  • 2009, Oct 19 – Nov 19  Nanoplastica on the Big Screen, Federation Square, Melbourne  Central Business District, curator by Melissa Delayney, notes on the underground.
  • 1996, Tool2ob Sydney/Berlin First International Virtual Exhibition Screening.  ARTSPACE, Woolloomooloo, curated by Uban Excile, Graham Crawford and  Gavyn Lister

 

Residencies

  • Ongoing scince 2006, Reseracher, Department of Applied Mathematics, School of  Physics and Engineering, ANU
  • 2015, Natural History Museum Micro-CT laboratory, London, June – July 2015.
  • 2012, Australia Council for the Arts London Studio Residency 14 May – 18 August
  • 2012,Millennium Seedbank, RBG Kew, Wakehurst Place, West Sussex, UK. 1-14 May 
  • 2010, Plants Under the Microscope, High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre, CSIRO, 1  October – 30 November
  • 2007, Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, Artist in Residence + Materials Award, Watson
  • 2002, Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, Artist in Residence + Materials Award, Hackett
  • 1994-96, Artist in residence, VisLab, The University of Sydney

Qualifications

Academic Achievements

  • Candidate PhD, Australian National University, College of Arts and Social Sciences, and recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award. 2011-2016
  • Master of Philosophy (Visual Arts), Australian National University, School of Art. 2000–2004
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts, Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney. 1994-1996
  • Bachelor of Visual Arts, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. 1988-1990
  • Commenced a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the Darwin Institute of Technology. 1986-1987

Academic Scholarships and Awards

  • 2016, Recipient ANU Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Enhancement Grants for Semester 1, 2017. Dr Al Munro and Ms Erica Seccombe (School of Art, Textiles): The Open Studio: Supporting Student Learning in Visual Art Settings with Digital Demonstrations.
  • 2013,  Inaugural ANU Vice Chancellor’s College Artist Fellowship Scheme
  • 2013, ANU School of Art, EASS Postgraduate Materials Award
  • 2012,  HDR Travel Research Field Trip, UK
  • 2010, Synapse Art Science Collaborations, Australian Network for Art and Technology ANAT, Visiting Fellow, ANU Department of Applied Mathematics
  • 2011,  Australian Postgraduate Award 2011-14
  • 2003, ANU School of Art Materials Award.
  • 1986-87, Northern Territory Government Bachelor of Arts Scholarship (4yrs)

Recent Grants, Scholarships and Commissions

  • 2016, Capital Arts Patrons, CAPO Fellowship
  • 2015, First Prize, acquisitive, Inaugural Paramor Prize: Art + Innovation    Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, Liverpool, NSW
  • 2014, artsACT project Grant to take up Artist in Residence, Natural History    Museum, London in 2015
  • 2013, Commission, Centenary of Canberra, Canberra Contemporary Art     Space, Science Fiction
  • 2011, Commission, High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre, CSIRO,     Permanent foyer installation
  • 2010, Australia Council for the Arts London Studio Residency - May - August 2012
  • 2009, ArtsACT project grant for 2010 Visiting Fellow, ANU Department of     Applied Mathematics
  • 2007, George Mora Foundation Fellowship - Inaugural short-listed award     recipient
  • 2007, Megalo Print Studio Artist in Residence and Materials       Award (Watson Studios)
  • 2006, ArtsACT grant for 3-month artist in Residence, ANU Department of     Applied Maths,
  • 2005, Craft ACT, Craft-in-site writing grant for unMagazine, issue 5
  • 2003, ANU School of Art Materials Award.
  • 2002, Megalo Print Studio Artist in Residence and Materials       Award. (Hackett Studios)

Research Interests

  • 3D + 4D micro-X-ray Computed Tomography
  • 3D printing
  • Contemporary and historical scientific visualisation
  • Contemporary Art
  • Digital printing
  • Drawing
  • History of Microscopy
  • Interdisciplinary Art Practice
  • Natural History
  • New technologies & Cyberculture
  • Print and Photographic media
  • The Anthropocene
  • Time-lapse

PhD Research - 2011 - 2016, Photography and Media Arts, ANU School of Art. Grow: Experiencing Nature in the Fifth Dimension, is an interdisciplinary practice-led research project traversing the realms of art, science and technology through the exploration of germinating seeds. Through my investigation of the aesthetic possibilities of the computational extension of vision with time-resolved (4D) micro-X-ray Computed Tomography, I have tested the potential for visualising virtual germinating seeds in an immersive stereoscopic installation. Using this technology I have set out to create a work of art where an audience can experience seed growth from a very different perspective. However, the rationale to propagate seeds in this way began not just to test the limitations and possibilities of this technology. As an artistic inquiry, my premise for focusing on plant life also began as a way to examine this work from an ecological perspective. By considering the third and fourth dimensional elements in this project I am proposing that an individual’s experience of nature in my work can be considered as an additional fifth dimension. My research is placed within a range of disciplines from contemporary art and new media practices to scientific technological research and the natural sciences. The works of art developed through this research have been viewed in relation to ideas of the fourth dimension in modern art, to microscopy in both historical and contemporary art practice, to contemporary installation practices, and in relation to ideas of time and wonder.

Publications

Published conference papers

  • Seccombe, E, ’Relocating the real: experiencing nature in the fifth dimension’ AAANZ 'Inter-discipline' conference proceedings | December 2014 http://aaanz.info/aaanz-home/conferences/aaanz-inter-discipline-proceedings
  • Seccombe, E, ‘Grow: an investigation of 4D Micro-CT’, SPECTRA 2012 conference proceedings, CSIRO Discovery Centre. (forthcoming March 2014)
  • Seccombe, E. ‘Grow: visualising nature at nanoscale,’ EVA LONDON 2012 - Electronic Visualisation and the arts.  ISBN 978-1-780171-59-3 Eds. Dr Stuart Dunn, Prof. Jonathan P. Bowen, Dr Kia Ng – (Peer reviewed)
  • Seccombe, E., ‘GROW: visualising nature at nanoscale’ The first International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections between Art, Science and Culture. “New Imaging: transdisciplinary strategies for art beyond the new media” – (Peer reviewed)

Essays published in journals + magazines: print + online

  • Robins, V. & Seccombe. E., ‘3D X-ray Art’, Journal of Australian Physics, volume 52, NO 1, Jan-Feb 2015, p 18-22
  • Seccombe, E., ‘Synthetics: Stephen Jones’, Book review, Art Monthly Australia, issue #247 March 2011
  • Seccombe, E., ‘Oz East Ender’, Art Monthly Australia, issue #254 October 2012
  • Seccombe, E., ‘Dimensions Variable Contemporary Sculpture Festival Canberra 2005’, unMagazine, issue 5, web supplement
  • Murphy, K. & Seccombe, E., ‘Walking Zero: Nakahashi Katsushige’, Art Monthly Australia #155, November 2002. A collaborative project with artist Kate M Murphy to review the performance of Japanese artist Katsushige at the sight of the Cowra prisoner of war camp on 29th September 2005.

Representations: text, print and online

  • Visualiations merge art and science to reveal details of larval growth, National Computational Infrastructure, NCI, Research Hightlights http://nci.org.au/research/visualisations-merge-art-science-reveal-details-larval-growth/
  • Sellah, Anna, 'Mungbeans like you have never seen them before', ABC Science online article, posted, 18 January, 2016, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-18/x-ray-vision-shows-seeds-sprouting/6900460
  • Jayhoon, W., ‘ANU School of Art PhD Candidate wins $20K Art Prize’, Woroni, March 10, 2015
  • Pryor, Sally. ‘Art versus science’ The Canberra Times, Saturday, February 21, 2015
  • Ferris, D.; Jolly, M.; Riddle, A.; ‘Utopia within, across & beyond the university’, Real Time, issue #116 Aug-Setp 2013 pg.6  
  • Dawkins, Urszula, 'The science and art of tangible things’, RealTimeArts Magazine 7-16 June 2013, This article first appeared on RT's ISEA2013-in RealTime blog
  • Broker, David, ‘Science Fiction’, exhibition catalogue and essay, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, 2013
  • Time & Vision, publication to commemorate 30 years of the Australia Council for the Arts London Studio, Published by ACME, London, 2012
  • Clark, Deborah, Imitation of Life: Memory and Mimicry in Canberra Region Art, Exhibition Catalogue entry, ‘Erica Seccombe’ 2011, pp. 12-14.
  • Rann, Kirsten, ‘To see what we don’t yet know what we are seeing’, Art Monthly Australia, issue #237 March, 2011, pp.12-14
  • Cosmos Magazine, ‘Lateral Selection,’ NO 39, 2010, pp.32
  • Broker, David, ‘Nanoplastica’, exhibition catalogue and essay, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, 2008
  • Smith, Russell, ‘place face down to copy.’ Eyeline, No: 54, Winter 2004, pg 50.
  • Burtt, Cliff. ‘Place made – Fifth Australian Print Symposium.’ Artlink, Vol 24 No2. 2004 p.91.
  • Mann, Allan. ‘No Muttering Print Symposium’ review. Imprint Summer 2001, 

  • Volume 36, No:4. pg 8.

Documentary, features & interviews

  • Featured on ABC Landline, 2016. PhD Research, "Grow: experiencing nature in the fifth dimension.'
  • TED X Canberra. Erica Seccombe, Experiencing Nature in the Fifth Dimension, online Youtube, pubished 2014
  • ABC 7.30 Report, 29 September 2013, Beautiful Monster
  • Art Monthly Australia #254, August 2013, Cover,
  • Benson, Tracey M. ‘All about X,O and 1 – an interview with Erica Seccombe, http://mediakult.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/all-about-x-0-and-1-an-intervi... 2011
  • Damien McDermett, 5 Part documentary series, Series 4, featuring Erica Seccombe and Professor Tim Senden, SBS, STVDIO channel, aired DEC 2011, SBS television and Youtube, ‘Artbreak
  • From Research to Reality (Season 1, Episode 3) Part 1 of 3, Queensland University of Technology

Collections

  • 2017 Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, In Our Own Time, (2017) 6 panel inkjet print on mirrored composite board.
  • 2017, ANU Research School of Biology, Commissioned panels, permanent display.  
  • 2016 Australian War Memorial, Crossing the line, (2016), screen print on Stonehenge
  • 2015 Casula Powerhouse Art Centre Permanent Collection. Virtual Life, (2015), inkjet print on composite board.
  • National Gallery of Australia Print Collection, Creaturepede, (2003), inkjet print on paper
  • Australian War Memorial, Rosette, (2015), screen print on Kozo
  • 2014 New Parliament House, Australia, Canberra. Nanoplastica (2008-2014), single channel digital projection installation
  • 2008 Canberra Museum and Gallery, Nanoplastica (2008), 3 channel digital projection installation
  • 2002 National Gallery of Australia, 1994 Partners in Print portfolio, Strange light, (1994), screenprint on paper
  • 1997 Wagga Wagga Art Gallery permanent Collection, Do you read me over? portrait of  an astronaut, (1995), mulitpanel screenprint on paper
  • 1996 UWS, Macarthur National Printmedia Acquisitive collection, Snake, (1995), screenprint on paper.
  • 1993 Wollongong University permanent Collection, Mothers, death, 2 worlds and sea things, (1992), linocut on paper.

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