Associate Professor Ann Elias

BA MA(Hons) PhD (Auck)
Associate Professor, Theoretical Enquiry

N01P - Sydney College Of The Arts - Rozelle - (Kirkbride)
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 1031
Fax +61 2 9351 1144

Biographical details

Ann Elias is a citizen of Australia and New Zealand. Her PhD at the University of Auckland investigated the history of still life and flower painting in New Zealand. She has published on New Zealand’s leading artists including Rata Lovell-Smith, Peter Peryer and Paul Hartigan. She was appointed to Sydney College of the Arts as head of the study area of art history and theory in 1990. Since then Ann’s research has focused on Australian subjects.

Research interests

Ann's research focus is Australian art and visual culture although her publications place Australian material in the context of British and American histories. She investigates the interplay of theories of nature and society and until 2011 had two specialisations: camouflage, including the crossing of disciplines between art and science; flowers, especially flowers as objects of camouflage. In 2011, Ann embarked on new research investigating representations of the ocean in Australian visual history including the Great Barrier Reef.

Teaching and supervision

Vilma Bader, PhD, Hysteria

Guy Peppin, MFA

Rachel Scott, PhD

Paul Tanchio, PhD

Associations

Auckland Museum Life member
College Art Association of America Member 2010
Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Member 2009

Awards and honours

2009 SCA Teaching Award, Excellence in Teaching
2006 Writing Fellowship, The Beautiful, Mutable Flower
2006 Research and Development Grant, Flowers and War

Selected grants

2014

  • Modernist Imagery of the Great Barrier Reef 1880-1950; Elias A; National Library of Australia/Harold White Fellowship.
  • Useless Beauty: Flowers, art, and modern European Australia; Elias A; DVC Research/Thompson Fellowships.

2013

  • Contemporary International Aesthetics; Elias A, Colless E, Gibson R, Hauser K, Mellor D, Millner J, Tsoutas N, Tyler L, Behrens R; DVC International/IPDF Grant.
  • Conference grant for keynote speakers (Camouflage Cultures: surveillance, communities, aesthetics, animals); Elias A; Ian Potter Foundation/Travel Support.

2012

  • Present the exhibition Camouflage Cultures: surveillance, communities, aesthetics, and animals; curated by Nicholas Tsoutas and Assoc Professor Ann Elias.; Elias A, Tsoutas N; Australian Council for the Arts/Presentation and Promotion.

2005

  • Flower painting as symptomatic of First World War trauma: Hans Heysen, George Lambert and Arthur Streeton; Elias A; University of Sydney/Research & Development.

2002

  • The camouflage artists with the 5th Australian Division and their deception scheme on Goodenough Island in 1943.; Elias A; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Research and Development (R&D).

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Elias, A. (2011). Camouflage Australia: Art, Nature, Science, and War. Sydney: Sydney University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Elias, A. (2010). Military Magic: Camouflage and Goodenough Island. In Prue Ahrens and Chris Dixon (Eds.), Coast to Coast: Case Histories of Modern Pacific Crossings, (pp. 139-151). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Elias, A. (2007). Moral Conflict, Cultural Pluralism, and Contemporary Visual Arts Education. In Angela Brew & Judyth Sachs (Eds.), Transforming a university: the scholarship of teaching and learning in practice, (pp. 39-46). NSW, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Elias, A. (2005). Peter Peryer. In Hannah Holm & Lara Strongman (Eds.), Contemporary New Zealand Photographers, (pp. 80-88). Auckland, NZ: Mountain View and Craig Potton.

Journals

  • Elias, A. (2013). Flower Light. Eyeline, 78/79(Autumn/Winter), 35-41.
  • Elias, A. (2013). Hide and Seek: Camouflage, Photography, and the Media of Reconnaissance. History of Photography, 37(3), 370-371.
  • Elias, A. (2013). Peter Peryer and Flowers. Art New Zealand, 146(Winter 2013), 54-59.
  • Elias, A. (2013). Sea of Dreams: Andre Breton and the Great Barrier Reef. Papers of Surrealism, (10), 1-15.
  • Elias, A. (2013). The Ocean in Our Blood: William Dakin's Modern Story for ABC Radio. Journal of Australian Studies, 37(4), 425-437. [More Information]
  • Elias, A. (2012). Camouflage and Surrealism. WLA: an international journal of the humanities, 24, 1-25.
  • Elias, A. (2009). 'Art Has No Country': Hans Heysen and the Consequences of the First World War. History Australia, 6(1), 04.1-04.16.
  • Elias, A. (2009). Camouflage and The Half-hidden History of Max Dupain in War. History of Photography, 33(4), 370-382.
  • Elias, A. (2009). Camouflage Campaigners: Abbott H. Thayer and William J. Dakin. Leonardo: Art Science and Technology, 42(1), 36-41.
  • Elias, A. (2009). Fantin-Latour in Australia. Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, 8(2), 1-16.
  • Elias, A. (2008). Flower Men: The Australian Canon and Flower Painting 1910-1935. emaj: electronic Melbourne art journal, 3, 1-17.
  • Elias, A. (2008). Flowers and Manliness: The Flower Paintings of George Lambert, Hans Heysen, and Arthur Streeton. Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, 10(2), 14-29.
  • Elias, A. (2008). War and the visual language of flowers: an antipodean perspective. The International Journal of the Humanities, 20(1-2), 234-250.
  • Elias, A. (2008). William Dakin on Camouflage in Nature and War. Journal of Australian Studies, 32(2), 251-263. [More Information]
  • Elias, A. (2007). 'Exquisite Corpse: Flowers and the First World War'. The International Journal of the Humanities, 5(3), 31-35.
  • Elias, A. (2007). War, Flowers, and Visual Culture: the first world war collection of the Australian War Memorial. Journal of the Australian War Memorial, 40(Feb 07), 1 (online)-10.
  • Elias, A. (2006). Floral Imagery During the First World War. Wartime, (35), 58-59.
  • Elias, A. (2006). Intimate Relations: On the Fascination of Matthys Gerber for Theo Schoon. Eyeline, (60), 32-37.
  • Elias, A. (2003). 'Most Secret' Australian camouflage artists in the Second World War. Art and Australia, 41(1), 102-108.
  • Elias, A. (2003). The organisation of camouflage in Australia in the Second World War. Journal of the Australian War Memorial, 38(April), 1-10.
  • Elias, A. (2002). West and Warburton. Art and Australia, , 485-486.
  • Elias, A. (2002). When Art Became A Weapon: Australians created a masterpiece of deception in the SW Pacific in 1943. Wartime, , 26-27.
  • Elias, A. (2001). Beautiful and True : Early Flower Paintings by by Nora Heysen. Art and Australia, 38(3), 404-409.

Conferences

  • Elias, A. (2013). Obliteration: the camouflaged body and photography in modern war. Modernist Bodies, Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales.
  • Elias, A. (2013). Zoos and Camouflage. Camouflage Cultures: surveillance, communities, aesthetics, animals, Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Elias, A. (2011). The Treachery of Images: This is not the Great Barrier Reef. AAANZ 2011 Annual Conference : Contact, Wellington, New Zealand: AAANZ.
  • Elias, A. (2008). Fantin-Latour in Australia. 2008 AAANZ Conference, Queensland: AAANZ.
  • Elias, A. (2007). Hans Heysen: the displacement and alienation of a national hero. Moving Cultures, Shifting Identities: migration, connection, heritage and cultural memory, South Australia: Flinders University.
  • Elias, A. (2005). Contemporary Visual Arts Education, The moral Minority and Freedom of Expression. ACUADS 2005 Conference, Perth, Western Australia: Australian Council of University Art & Design Schools.
  • Elias, A. (2005). Freedom of Expression and Contemporary Visual Arts Education. HERDSA, Sydney: Institute for Learning and Teaching, University of Sydney.
  • Elias, A. (2003). Camouflage and deception. Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools Annual Conference, Australia: Coin/Acoft.

Original Creative Work

  • Elias, A. (2013). A Background to Camouflage. Camouflage Cultures: surveillance, communities, aesthetics and animals, 2013, (pp. 15 - 23). Sydney, Australia: Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.
  • Elias, A. (2011). Sydney and Sookmyung. Sydney and Sookmyung Exhibition, (pp. 13 - 23). Sydney, Australia: Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.
  • Elias, A. (2007). Paul Radford and the Philosophy of Practice. Paul Radford:Paintings 2002-2007, (pp. 1 - 5). Auckland, New Zealand: Remuera Gallery.

Curated / Produced Exhibition / Event

  • Elias, A., Tsoutas, N. (2013). Camouflage Cultures: Surveillance, Communities, Aesthetics and Animals. Sydney, Australia: Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Elias, A. (2013). Hidden history: Max Dupain, modernism and wartime camouflage. The Conversation.
  • Elias, A. (2011). Hidden from History. Sydney Alumni Magazine (SAM).

2013

  • Elias, A. (2013). A Background to Camouflage. Camouflage Cultures: surveillance, communities, aesthetics and animals, 2013, (pp. 15 - 23). Sydney, Australia: Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.
  • Elias, A., Tsoutas, N. (2013). Camouflage Cultures: Surveillance, Communities, Aesthetics and Animals. Sydney, Australia: Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney.
  • Elias, A. (2013). Flower Light. Eyeline, 78/79(Autumn/Winter), 35-41.
  • Elias, A. (2013). Hidden history: Max Dupain, modernism and wartime camouflage. The Conversation.
  • Elias, A. (2013). Hide and Seek: Camouflage, Photography, and the Media of Reconnaissance. History of Photography, 37(3), 370-371.
  • Elias, A. (2013). Obliteration: the camouflaged body and photography in modern war. Modernist Bodies, Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales.
  • Elias, A. (2013). Peter Peryer and Flowers. Art New Zealand, 146(Winter 2013), 54-59.
  • Elias, A. (2013). Sea of Dreams: Andre Breton and the Great Barrier Reef. Papers of Surrealism, (10), 1-15.
  • Elias, A. (2013). The Ocean in Our Blood: William Dakin's Modern Story for ABC Radio. Journal of Australian Studies, 37(4), 425-437. [More Information]
  • Elias, A. (2013). Zoos and Camouflage. Camouflage Cultures: surveillance, communities, aesthetics, animals, Sydney: Sydney University Press.

2012

  • Elias, A. (2012). Camouflage and Surrealism. WLA: an international journal of the humanities, 24, 1-25.

2011

  • Elias, A. (2011). Camouflage Australia: Art, Nature, Science, and War. Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Elias, A. (2011). Hidden from History. Sydney Alumni Magazine (SAM).
  • Elias, A. (2011). Sydney and Sookmyung. Sydney and Sookmyung Exhibition, (pp. 13 - 23). Sydney, Australia: Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.
  • Elias, A. (2011). The Treachery of Images: This is not the Great Barrier Reef. AAANZ 2011 Annual Conference : Contact, Wellington, New Zealand: AAANZ.

2010

  • Elias, A. (2010). Military Magic: Camouflage and Goodenough Island. In Prue Ahrens and Chris Dixon (Eds.), Coast to Coast: Case Histories of Modern Pacific Crossings, (pp. 139-151). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

2009

  • Elias, A. (2009). 'Art Has No Country': Hans Heysen and the Consequences of the First World War. History Australia, 6(1), 04.1-04.16.
  • Elias, A. (2009). Camouflage and The Half-hidden History of Max Dupain in War. History of Photography, 33(4), 370-382.
  • Elias, A. (2009). Camouflage Campaigners: Abbott H. Thayer and William J. Dakin. Leonardo: Art Science and Technology, 42(1), 36-41.
  • Elias, A. (2009). Fantin-Latour in Australia. Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, 8(2), 1-16.

2008

  • Elias, A. (2008). Fantin-Latour in Australia. 2008 AAANZ Conference, Queensland: AAANZ.
  • Elias, A. (2008). Flower Men: The Australian Canon and Flower Painting 1910-1935. emaj: electronic Melbourne art journal, 3, 1-17.
  • Elias, A. (2008). Flowers and Manliness: The Flower Paintings of George Lambert, Hans Heysen, and Arthur Streeton. Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, 10(2), 14-29.
  • Elias, A. (2008). War and the visual language of flowers: an antipodean perspective. The International Journal of the Humanities, 20(1-2), 234-250.
  • Elias, A. (2008). William Dakin on Camouflage in Nature and War. Journal of Australian Studies, 32(2), 251-263. [More Information]

2007

  • Elias, A. (2007). 'Exquisite Corpse: Flowers and the First World War'. The International Journal of the Humanities, 5(3), 31-35.
  • Elias, A. (2007). Hans Heysen: the displacement and alienation of a national hero. Moving Cultures, Shifting Identities: migration, connection, heritage and cultural memory, South Australia: Flinders University.
  • Elias, A. (2007). Moral Conflict, Cultural Pluralism, and Contemporary Visual Arts Education. In Angela Brew & Judyth Sachs (Eds.), Transforming a university: the scholarship of teaching and learning in practice, (pp. 39-46). NSW, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Elias, A. (2007). Paul Radford and the Philosophy of Practice. Paul Radford:Paintings 2002-2007, (pp. 1 - 5). Auckland, New Zealand: Remuera Gallery.
  • Elias, A. (2007). War, Flowers, and Visual Culture: the first world war collection of the Australian War Memorial. Journal of the Australian War Memorial, 40(Feb 07), 1 (online)-10.

2006

  • Elias, A. (2006). Floral Imagery During the First World War. Wartime, (35), 58-59.
  • Elias, A. (2006). Intimate Relations: On the Fascination of Matthys Gerber for Theo Schoon. Eyeline, (60), 32-37.

2005

  • Elias, A. (2005). Contemporary Visual Arts Education, The moral Minority and Freedom of Expression. ACUADS 2005 Conference, Perth, Western Australia: Australian Council of University Art & Design Schools.
  • Elias, A. (2005). Freedom of Expression and Contemporary Visual Arts Education. HERDSA, Sydney: Institute for Learning and Teaching, University of Sydney.
  • Elias, A. (2005). Peter Peryer. In Hannah Holm & Lara Strongman (Eds.), Contemporary New Zealand Photographers, (pp. 80-88). Auckland, NZ: Mountain View and Craig Potton.

2003

  • Elias, A. (2003). 'Most Secret' Australian camouflage artists in the Second World War. Art and Australia, 41(1), 102-108.
  • Elias, A. (2003). Camouflage and deception. Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools Annual Conference, Australia: Coin/Acoft.
  • Elias, A. (2003). The organisation of camouflage in Australia in the Second World War. Journal of the Australian War Memorial, 38(April), 1-10.

2002

  • Elias, A. (2002). West and Warburton. Art and Australia, , 485-486.
  • Elias, A. (2002). When Art Became A Weapon: Australians created a masterpiece of deception in the SW Pacific in 1943. Wartime, , 26-27.

2001

  • Elias, A. (2001). Beautiful and True : Early Flower Paintings by by Nora Heysen. Art and Australia, 38(3), 404-409.

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