Siobhan Campbell

PhD graduate

Collecting Balinese Art: The Forge Collection of Balinese Paintings at the Australian Museum in Sydney.
My thesis investigated a collection of classical Balinese painting to analyse the processes of art collecting and the relationships between museum collections and present-day art practices. The study was based on the Forge Collection of Balinese Art at the Australian Museum in Sydney, assembled in the village of Kamasan, East Bali, during the 1970s. Drawing on anthropology, art history, museology and area studies perspectives I combined archival research of visual and written collection documentation with field work to document the production and exchange of paintings and Balinese responses to art collectors.

About the student

Siobhan initially began studying the cultures of the Indonesian archipelago when she learnt Indonesian language a high school student. After completing an undergraduate degree in Asian Studies at the University of New South Wales, she worked as a translator and interpreter with the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor and as a Liaison Officer with the Indonesian Consulate General in Sydney. In July 2009 she began postgraduate study in the Department of Indonesian Studies at the University of Sydney and completed her dissertation in March 2013. From September 2013 Siobhan will spend six months as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the International Institute of Asian Studies in Leiden.

Selected publications

  • Campbell, Siobhan. (2013). 'Engaging Through Collections /Dialog Melalui Koleksi Museum.' In: Anthony Gardner (ed). Mapping South: The South Reader. Melbourne: The South Project Inc.
  • Campbell, Siobhan. (2011). 'Kamasan painting at the Australian Museum, and beyond.' Art Monthly Australia, No. 244 (Oct): 51-54.
  • Campbell, Siobhan. (2011). 'Global Kamasan.' Jurnal Kajian Bali, 01 (02).

Conference presentations

  • (2012). Heritage and the Global Contemporary in Balinese Art: A View from Kamasan. Conference Paper, ‘Bali in Global Asia; Between Modernization and Heritage Formation’: Udayana University, 16-18 July.
  • (2012). Temple Art for Sale. Paper, Australian Centre for Asian Art & Archaeology; The University of Sydney, 6 June.
  • 2012). Kamasan: Tradition and Cosmopolitanism in Balinese Art. Conference Paper, 'On Cosmopolitanism and Southeast Asia: Imaginings, Mediation and Movement': Island Southeast Asia Centre, School of Culture, Language and History, The Australian National University, 16-18 February.
  • Vickers, Adrian and Campbell, Siobhan (2010). Art that is not language: Anthony Forge and Kamasan painting. Paper, The 6th Anthony Forge Memorial Lecture, Research School of Humanities & the Arts, School of Archaeology and Anthropology, The Australian National University 14 November.