Camille Serisier exhibited new work for her solo exhibition Ovid’s Medusa accompanied by a written essay by Madeleine Stack: The Sun’s Ex-Girlfriend.
7th December, 2013.
Camille Serisier is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brisbane, Australia. Through her practice she deconstructs forms of Australian culture to explore ideas of narrative construction and interpretation. Utilising eco-feminist theories of critique, Serisier investigates the distanced relationship of humans to the natural environment.
Serisier’s exhibition ‘Ovid’s Medusa’ dissects the account of Medusa provided in Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’. Through a series of images she reinterprets this 16th Century narrative from the contemporary perspective of ecofeminism. Serisier merges these deconstructed fragments in a fictitious way to create unreal works that depart dramatically from Ovid’s original tale. Visual references to art history, Christianity and contemporary political events infuse these fantastic illustrations. The combination of these multifaceted discourses questions the patriarchal bias and assumptions present within the original text.
Camille Serisier was born in Wollongong, Australia in 1982. She has completed a Bachelor of Fine Art with First Class Honours from the Australian National University (2003), where she received a National Undergraduate Scholarship for the duration of her degree. During her studies Serisier also received the Vera List New York Studio School Scholarship for a semester of study in New York City (2001).
Serisier has trained as a scenic painter at Scenic Studios in Melbourne and Opera Australia in Sydney. She has also undertaken several residencies including: The Kings School, Britain (2006); Bundanon Trust, New South Wales (2013) and Laughing Waters Artist in Residence Program, Victoria (2013). Serisier has been awarded numerous grants and prizes, including the Neil Roberts Sculpture Prize (2003), the NAVA Australian Artist Grant (2012) and the Arts Queensland Career Development Grant (2012).