Associate Professor Merilyn Fairskye

MVA (Sydney) GradDipEd (SCAE)
Associate Professor, Photomedia

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

Telephone +61 2 9351 1050
Fax +61 2 9351 1101

Website Merilyn Fairskye
Plus and Minus

Biographical details

Merilyn Fairskye's work is exhibited in art galleries, public spaces, electronic arts and film festivals within Australia and internationally and is represented in numerous Australian and international public collections. She has undertaken artist residencies in the US, Italy, France and Australia and has been the recipient of many Australia Council and Australian Film Commission grants, and a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship.

Research interests

Fairskye is interested in the challenges facing contemporary human existence, and the ambiguities and nuances in what may seem like straightforward situations. Previous works have engaged with the mapping of bodies, identities and terrains in uncontrolled technolgical environments such as the Pine Gap Defence facility (Connected, 2003-04), the transitory domain of the international airport (Stati d'Animo, 2005-11), and bodies of water (Aqua, 2007-09). Her most recent body of work engaged with the 1986 explosion at Chernobyl, and the resonances of its after-life. This work includes single and multi-channel digital video works - Fieldwork l (Pripyat, Giza, Echo Point) (2009); Fieldwork ll (Chernobyl) (2009); Precarious (2011) and the Plant Life photo series (2011). This work drew on as it challenged traditions of documentary reportage. Investigations of place were used to talk about long-term issues affecting people and their environment. In each of these works, as with earlier works, temporality has been explored through a range of experiments that condense and/or dilate the experience of time. Her current research engages with flashpoint sites across the world.

Teaching and supervision

Nasser Palangi, PhD, Art in Postwar Iran

Ettore Siracusa, PhD, Archive Film Art

Awards and honours

2010 Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Grant

2007 Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Grant

2005 Australian Film Commission, Production Grant

2004 Australian Film Commission, Travel grant

2003 Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Grant

2003 Australian Film Commission, Investment Grant

2001 Alice Springs Art Foundation, 31st Alice Prize

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected publications & creative works

  • Long Life (1)

    Long Life (1) (2013)

  • Plant Life | 1. Waste Plant 2. Apartments 3. Playground 4. Pripyat Town 5. Road In 6. Reactor #4.

    Plant Life | 1. Waste Plant 2. Apartments 3. Playground 4. Pripyat Town 5. Road In 6. Reactor #4. (2011)

  • Precarious

    Precarious (2011)

  • Aqua/Ship

    Aqua/Ship (2009)

  • Sir William Deane

    Sir William Deane (2008)

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Book Chapters

  • Fairskye, M. (2002). Conversations Between Strangers. People I Don't Know in Photographs I Took of Something Else, (pp. 82-86). Australia: Still Breathing Production Photography.

Original Creative Work

  • Fairskye, M. (2014). After Image. In: After Image. Stills Gallery. Sydney, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2013). Open Pit, 2013. In: Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award 2013. Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2011). 1. Restricted 2. Arch 3. New safe confinement. In: Toxicity. SCA Research Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2011). 1. Waste Plant 2. Apartments 3. Playground 4. Pripyat Town 5. Road In 6. Reactor #4. In: Precarious. Stills Gallery, Paddington, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2010). Cutheringa: Artwork opportunity 2, Townsville Hospital Expansion. Townsville Hospital, Australia: Queensland Health and Townsville Hospital. public art. Unrealized.
  • Fairskye, M. (2010). Waste Plant, from the Plant Life (Chernobyl) series, 2010. In: 2010 William and Bowness Photography Prize. Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2010). Woolloomooloo Mural Project July 10th 1982 (remix) 2010. In: Time and Space. Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2009). 1. Aqua 2. Sky-blue. Brisbane, Australia: Rio Tinto Australia. Commercial. Unrealized.
  • Fairskye, M. (2009). 1. Fieldwork 1 (Echo Point, Giza, Pripyat) 2. Fieldwork II (Chernobyl) 3. Aqua/ocean/ship 4. Aqua/ocean/rainbow. In: 100. Stills Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2008). Dian Wellfare. In: My Favourite Australian | Group. ABC TV and National Portrait Gallery. National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2008). Ruth Lewis. In: My Favourite Australian | Group. ABC TV and National Portrait Gallery. National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2008). Sir William Deane. In: My Favourite Australian | Group. ABC TV and National Portrait Gallery. Marilyn Darling Introductory Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2007). Aqua/bay 2007. In: Aqua. Stills Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2007). Aqua/pool 2007. In: Aqua. Stills Gallery. Stills Gallery, Paddington, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2007). Pacific Garden. Moore Park, Sydney, Australia: Government Architect's Office. War memorial. Unrealized.
  • Fairskye, M. (2007). Stati d'Animo/60 Seconds/07 2007. In: Aqua. Stills Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2006). Stati d'Animo 2006. In: Definition 2006: Digital Media Festival. Digital Media Festival, Banff, Banff, Canada.
  • Fairskye, M. (2005). 1. SFO/#2/9sec, 2005 2. KUL/#2/9sec, 2005 3. GRU/#6/9sec, 2005 4. GRU/#4/9sec, 2005 5. BNE/#2/9sec, 2005 6. KUL/#2/1sec, 2005 7. SFO/#2/1sec, 2005 8. SYD/#7/1sec, 2005 9. SFO/#4/1sec, 2005 10. GRU/#7/1sec, 2005 11. HEL/#1/1sec, 2005 12. 60 Seconds. In: Stati d'Animo. Stills Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2005). Stati d'Animo / 60 Seconds 2005. In: Stati d'Animo. Stills Gallery, Paddington, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2003). Connected (3-channel video installation). In: Connected - solo exhibition. Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, NT, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2003). Connected (transparencies x 9). In: Connected. Stills Gallery, Paddington, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2003). Connected (v.1 single channel installation and/or v.2 video essay). In: Connected. Stills Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2002). Eye Contact v.2. Afghanistan.
  • Fairskye, M. (2002). Ultramarine. Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, VIC, Australia: Melbourne Docklands. Public art. Unrealized.
  • Fairskye, M. (2000). Eye Contact v.1. In: Plus+Minus. Stills Gallery, Paddington, Sydney, Australia.

Recorded / Rendered

  • Fairskye, M. (2013). Long Life (1). Screen, Perth, Australia: Perth International Film Festival.
  • Fairskye, M. (2013). Precarious. Byron Bay, Australia: Byron Bay Film Festival.
  • Fairskye, M. (2013). Precarious. Los Angeles, United States of America: Going Green Film Festival.
  • Fairskye, M. (2012). East West. Sydney, Australia: National Art School Gallery.
  • Fairskye, M. (2012). Precarious. Doha, Qatar: 8th Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival.
  • Fairskye, M. (2011). Precarious. DVD, Sydney, Australia: Plus & Minus Productions.
  • Fairskye, M. (2009). Aqua/Ship. Marrickville, Australia: The Factory Theatre.
  • Fairskye, M. (2000). Ship 2000. Macau.

Curated / Produced Exhibition / Event

  • Bancroft, B., Fairskye, M., Sangster, G. (2009). Cache. Blackfriars off Broadway, Sydney, Australia: Viscopy.

2014

  • Fairskye, M. (2014). After Image. In: After Image. Stills Gallery. Sydney, Australia.

2013

  • Fairskye, M. (2013). Long Life (1). Screen, Perth, Australia: Perth International Film Festival.
  • Fairskye, M. (2013). Open Pit, 2013. In: Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award 2013. Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2013). Precarious. Byron Bay, Australia: Byron Bay Film Festival.
  • Fairskye, M. (2013). Precarious. Los Angeles, United States of America: Going Green Film Festival.

2012

  • Fairskye, M. (2012). East West. Sydney, Australia: National Art School Gallery.
  • Fairskye, M. (2012). Precarious. Doha, Qatar: 8th Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival.

2011

  • Fairskye, M. (2011). 1. Restricted 2. Arch 3. New safe confinement. In: Toxicity. SCA Research Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2011). 1. Waste Plant 2. Apartments 3. Playground 4. Pripyat Town 5. Road In 6. Reactor #4. In: Precarious. Stills Gallery, Paddington, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2011). Precarious. DVD, Sydney, Australia: Plus & Minus Productions.

2010

  • Fairskye, M. (2010). Cutheringa: Artwork opportunity 2, Townsville Hospital Expansion. Townsville Hospital, Australia: Queensland Health and Townsville Hospital. public art. Unrealized.
  • Fairskye, M. (2010). Waste Plant, from the Plant Life (Chernobyl) series, 2010. In: 2010 William and Bowness Photography Prize. Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2010). Woolloomooloo Mural Project July 10th 1982 (remix) 2010. In: Time and Space. Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

2009

  • Fairskye, M. (2009). 1. Aqua 2. Sky-blue. Brisbane, Australia: Rio Tinto Australia. Commercial. Unrealized.
  • Fairskye, M. (2009). 1. Fieldwork 1 (Echo Point, Giza, Pripyat) 2. Fieldwork II (Chernobyl) 3. Aqua/ocean/ship 4. Aqua/ocean/rainbow. In: 100. Stills Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2009). Aqua/Ship. Marrickville, Australia: The Factory Theatre.
  • Bancroft, B., Fairskye, M., Sangster, G. (2009). Cache. Blackfriars off Broadway, Sydney, Australia: Viscopy.

2008

  • Fairskye, M. (2008). Dian Wellfare. In: My Favourite Australian | Group. ABC TV and National Portrait Gallery. National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2008). Ruth Lewis. In: My Favourite Australian | Group. ABC TV and National Portrait Gallery. National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2008). Sir William Deane. In: My Favourite Australian | Group. ABC TV and National Portrait Gallery. Marilyn Darling Introductory Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia.

2007

  • Fairskye, M. (2007). Aqua/bay 2007. In: Aqua. Stills Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2007). Aqua/pool 2007. In: Aqua. Stills Gallery. Stills Gallery, Paddington, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2007). Pacific Garden. Moore Park, Sydney, Australia: Government Architect's Office. War memorial. Unrealized.
  • Fairskye, M. (2007). Stati d'Animo/60 Seconds/07 2007. In: Aqua. Stills Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

2006

  • Fairskye, M. (2006). Stati d'Animo 2006. In: Definition 2006: Digital Media Festival. Digital Media Festival, Banff, Banff, Canada.

2005

  • Fairskye, M. (2005). 1. SFO/#2/9sec, 2005 2. KUL/#2/9sec, 2005 3. GRU/#6/9sec, 2005 4. GRU/#4/9sec, 2005 5. BNE/#2/9sec, 2005 6. KUL/#2/1sec, 2005 7. SFO/#2/1sec, 2005 8. SYD/#7/1sec, 2005 9. SFO/#4/1sec, 2005 10. GRU/#7/1sec, 2005 11. HEL/#1/1sec, 2005 12. 60 Seconds. In: Stati d'Animo. Stills Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2005). Stati d'Animo / 60 Seconds 2005. In: Stati d'Animo. Stills Gallery, Paddington, Sydney, Australia.

2003

  • Fairskye, M. (2003). Connected (3-channel video installation). In: Connected - solo exhibition. Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, NT, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2003). Connected (transparencies x 9). In: Connected. Stills Gallery, Paddington, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2003). Connected (v.1 single channel installation and/or v.2 video essay). In: Connected. Stills Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

2002

  • Fairskye, M. (2002). Conversations Between Strangers. People I Don't Know in Photographs I Took of Something Else, (pp. 82-86). Australia: Still Breathing Production Photography.
  • Fairskye, M. (2002). Eye Contact v.2. Afghanistan.
  • Fairskye, M. (2002). Ultramarine. Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, VIC, Australia: Melbourne Docklands. Public art. Unrealized.

2000

  • Fairskye, M. (2000). Eye Contact v.1. In: Plus+Minus. Stills Gallery, Paddington, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fairskye, M. (2000). Ship 2000. Macau.

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