RESEARCH + PRACTICE
Narelle Desmond is a multidisciplinary visual artist, a member of DAMP art collective, a graphic designer and an arts educator who currently lives and works in Melbourne
Narelle’s solo practice explores the physical properties of a broad range of materials through an examination of aesthetic and conceptual considerations of object making. Narelle recently held a solo show, Smart Objects Awkward Relations, at Caves Gallery in Melbourne and her work is currently on show as part of Unfinished Business: perspectives on feminism and art at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.
As a founding member of artist group DAMP, Narelle’s practice also centres strongly around collaboration.
Working together in various forms since the late 90’s, DAMP have produced an oeuvre of performances, videos, installations and sculptural artworks. DAMP’s works have addressed the relationships between art and audiences in thought provoking and unexpected ways. Reflecting directly on the nature of collaboration, DAMP engages ideas surrounding audience engagement and cultural exchange. Significant exhibitions include Art holds a high place in my life 2016 at Monash University Museum of Art curated by Rosemary Forde, Art as a Verb in 2016 and 2014 at Artspace Sydney and Monash University Museum of Art and the Asia Pacific Triennale 2010 at the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery.