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CAROLINE DurrÉ Cosmologies



Building E, Level 1, Room 01



An exhibition of works on paper, prints and drawings, and works on canvas. Strange three-dimensional shapes like imaginary worlds, seem to float in space. These works draw on a collage of historical resources, weaving the decorations of the formal Italianate garden with the defensive geometry of seventeenth-century fortification, filtered through an interest in symmetry and geometry, Baroque extravagance, and techniques of optical illusion. They work with the ways that landscape design can generate paradoxical spatial experiences, interpreted through imaginary, decorative, geometrical forms.


Caroline Durré is an artist who has held 14 solo shows in painting, drawing and printmaking in Melbourne and Sydney, most recently at the Latrobe Regional Gallery. She has participated in numerous group shows, recently being selected for the Aomori International Print Triennale in Japan, Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award, and Footprint International Print Biennale in Connecticut USA. Her works are held in national, state, regional, corporate and private collections. In 1994 she went to Antarctica as artist in residence under the Australian Antarctic Division’s Humanities Program. In 2003 she was resident at the Cité des Arts in Paris for three months, pursuing research into the history of the formal garden. In 2006 she won the Swan Hill Regional Gallery Print and Drawing Acquisitive Award for her drawing Hortus (in)conclusus (convex).

She completed her PhD entitled Post-Op: on the experience and representation of paradoxical space in 2008. Her research centres on the representation of deceptive, paradoxical and fictive space, with an emphasis on the seventeenth century, and a particular focus on the architecture of fortifications. As a lecturer in the Department of Fine Arts, Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University, she concentrates on the supervision of graduate students in MFA and PhD degrees.




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