Sanne Mestrom


Sanné Mestrom is an artist and academic, graduating with a PhD in Fine Art at RMIT University in 2008 and a Graduate Certificate in Public Art from RMIT in 2011. She was a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary in 2010-11, and has held residencies in Mexico City, 2010, and Seoul, Korea, 2001.

Mestrom’s research interests are broadly within the field of contemporary visual art and culture, drawing on cultural geography and urban design. Her practice predominantly sits within the genres of sculpture and installation art, involving feminist deconstructions of Modernist, traditionally masculine, tropes. 

Current research interests include examining role of “public art” from the perspective of its everyday use – whether intended by the artist or not. Through her interest in the everyday “use” of art in public spaces, Mestrom’s practice-led research seeks to incorporate “play” into a socially engaged practice as a means to question the social consequences of urban design.

Mestrom has received numerous competitive grants, residencies and awards, as well as inclusion in several significant institutional and commercial exhibitions. Institutional highlights include an Ian Potter Major Sculpture Commission for New Public Art through Monash University Museum of Art (2014); a solo exhibition at Latrobe Regional Gallery (2014); inclusion in ‘Future Primitive’ curated by Linda Michael at Heide Museum of Modern Art (2013-14) and inclusion in ‘NEW13’ curated by Charlotte Day at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (2013).