Profile: Raquel Ormella
Raquel Ormella’s practice utilises a diverse range of artistic mediums including video, painting, installation, drawing and the production of zines. Displaying an ever-present concern for the ethical roles and responsibilities of the artist, Ormella’s work investigates the means by which critical reflexivity in contemporary art encourages self-examination regarding political consciousness and social action.
Ormella received both her Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) and Master of Fine Arts from the University of Western Sydney, Nepean. In 1999 she was the recipient of an Australia Council Studio Residency in Barcelona and her work has been exhibited internationally since the early 2000s.
In 2002 Ormella began collaborating with Sydney artist Regina Walter on the zine project Flaps. Each edition is guided by a specific theme, which generally observes details of social mores or localities such as teenage shop-lifting (Nicked, 2002) and hate mail (Hate Mail, 2005). Through the project Ormella has contributed to the growing self-organised, non-institutional art scene in Australia.
Another important area of Ormella’s practice is the exploration of the relationship between humans and the natural environment, with a particular focus on urban expansion and forest activism. Ormella has created a three-part series of separate and distinct works which examine the Wilderness Society, one of Australian oldest environmental activist organisations. 130 Davey Street (2005), a series of drawings on 24 static whiteboards, investigated the Wilderness Society’s use of wilderness photography and called into question the romanticised notion of the direct action activist and political artist embedded in the forest.
Ormella has been a PhD Visual Arts candidate at the Australian National University, Canberra since 2007 and was awarded a New Work Grant from Australia Council for the Arts in 2007 and 2009 and Arts ACT in 2007. In 2010 Ormella was the International Creator in Residence, Tokyo Wondersite Shibuya, Tokyo. Recent solo exhibitions include Feeders, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra, 2012 and Walking through clearfells, Milani Gallery, Brisbane and Uplands Gallery, Melbourne, 2010.
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