Dr Sanne Mestrom

PhD, Hons
Senior Lecturer, Visual Arts

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney


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Biographical details

Dr. Mestrom’s practice-led research seeks to incorporate “play” into a socially engaged practice as a means to question the social consequences of urban design. Her current research investigates ways that art in public places – and urban design more broadly - can become critically integrated, inclusive and interactive spaces. To do so, her projects bring together sculpture and the body to examine the role of art in rewriting current definitions of ‘play’ as relating to the physical, experiential and ideological conditions of ‘place’. Creating temporary and permanent sculptural forms that respond to the built environment and our movement through it, softens the separation of art and everyday life; it is through this ‘softness’ that play has the potential to open up a space to escape certain logics, and denying logic is itself a subversive – and therefore political– action.

Research interests

  • Contemporary visual art
  • Contemporary sculpture
  • Critique of the Modern
  • Institutional Critique
  • Art in public spaces
  • Critical evaluation of public art
  • Psychology of play
  • Pedagogy of play
  • Urban planning & design
  • Landscape architecture

Teaching and supervision

  • 1st Year Foundation Program
  • Sculpture, Performance & Installation (SPI) 2nd & 3rd year
  • Masters & PhD Supervision

Current projects

  • WEDNESDAY Studios Research Lab (Sanne Mestrom, architect Anna Ciliberto, curator Melissa Loughnan)

Associations

  • Artist Advisory Panel: Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Founding member: WEDNESDAY Studios Research Lab
  • Founding member: I-CLAP (Interactive Creative Learning through Adventure Play), with the Blue Mountains City Council
  • Member: NAVA (National Association for the Visual Arts)
  • Member: CREATE Centre (Creativity, Research, Engaging the Arts, and Transforming Education). Interdisciplinary research group based at the University of Sydney
  • Member: CAST (Contemporary Art and Social Transformation). Research group based in the School of Art at RMIT University

Awards and honours

  • 2019 National Gallery of Australia acquisition
  • Current: MAB Michael and Andrew Buxton Public Art project
  • Current: McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park
  • 2018 Australia Council Grant, New Work
  • 2018 Creative Victoria Grant, New Work
  • 2017 Westbourne Grammar Sculpture Commission
  • 2017 Winner, Woollarah Small Sculpture Prize
  • 2017 Listed as one of Australia’s most collectable artists, Australian Art Collector, Issue 79, Jan-Mar 2017
  • 2015 Faculty of Education and Arts 2015 Small Research Grant Scheme, Monash University
  • 2014 Monash University Museum of Art & Ian Potter Major Sculpture Commission for New Public Work
  • 2014 Australia Council for the Arts; New Work Grant
  • 2014 Faculty of Art & Design, Travel Funding, Monash University
  • 2014 Winner, Credit Suisse / Art & Australia Emerging Artist Award
  • 2013 City of Melbourne; New Works Grant
  • 2013 Education Funding for 1st Year Art Camp, Monash University
  • 2013 Awarded Faculty of Art Design & Architecture Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research by an Early Career Researcher, Monash University
  • 2013 Selected as a mentee for the 2013 Mentoring Scheme for Women, Monash University 06 Siemens Post Graduate Fine Art Scholarship Award, RMIT University (for PhD Research)
  • 2012 Arts Victoria; Creation Grant
  • 2012 Monash University; Creative Works Grant
  • 2012 Monash University; Education Grant
  • 2012 Monash University; Special Project Funding Grant
  • 2011 Winner, John Fries Memorial Prize, Sydney
  • 2010 Chartwell Trust Independent Funding, New Zealand; Residency Funding
  • 2009 Arts Victoria; Creation Grant
  • 2007 Arts Victoria; International Grant
  • 2007 Arts Victoria; Creation Grant
  • 2007 NAVA Janet Holmes Artist Grant
  • 2005 Australian Federation of University Women, Daphne Elliott Research Award (for PhD Research)
  • 2008 Winner, Siemens Post Graduate Fine Art Scholarship Award

In the media

Selected publications & creative works

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Visual Art

  • Mestrom, S. (2019). There is a Poem. Sullivan and Strumpf, Sydney, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2019). 1. Things that Hold (1) 2. Things that Hold (2) 3. Things that Hold (3) 4. Things that Hold (4) 5. Things that Hold (5) 6. Things that Hold (6) 7. Things that Hold (7) 8. Things that Hold (8) 9. Things that Hold (9) 10. Things that Hold (10) 11. Things that Hold (11) 12. Things that Hold (12) 13. Things that Hold (13) 14. Hard Soft Kiss. In: A World of One’s Own. Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2019). Black Paintings: 1. (Untitled) Large Tapestries (3) 2. (Untitled) Medium Tapestries (2) 3. (Untitled) Small Tapestries (7) 4. (Untitled) Gouaches. In: Black Paintings. McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2018). Hush Hush: 1. Self Portrait (Hold) 2. Self Portrait (Kiss Don't Tell) 3. Self Portrait (Known) 4. Self Portrait (Seers) 5. Self Portrait (Snoop) 6. Self Portrait (Underground). In: TarraWarra Biennial: From Will to Form. TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healsville, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2017). 1. Sphinx in Repose (Kneeling) 2. Sphinx in Repose (Reclining). In: Sydney Contemporary. Sydney Contemporary. Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia.
  • Mestrom, S. (2017). 1. Untitled (Self Portrait, Smile) 2. Self Portrait, Beauty Spot (1) 3. Self Portrait, Beauty Spot (2) 4. Beauty Spot (3) 5. Untitled (Self Portrait, Ginger) 6. Untitled (Self Portrait, Hazelnuts) 7. Untitled (Self-portrait, Oranges) 8. Untitled (Raspberry Nipples) 9. Untitled (Sleeping Muse) 10. Untitled (Self Portrait as the Sun) 11. Untitled (Self Portrait, Underground). In: Corrections. Sullivan and Strumpf, Sydney, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2017). Loose Variables. In: Loose Variables. Westbourne Grammar, Melbourne, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2016). Soft Kiss. In: Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday. Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Sydney, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2015). 1. Dear Claire (II) 2. Dear Steph 3. Dear Mira 4. Dear Charlie 5. Dear Peter 6. Dear Lizzy 7. Dear Claire, Dear Clive 8. Dear Scott 9. Leftovers. In: Leftovers: Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award. Shepparton Art Museum, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2014). 1. Rubins Vase 2. Pork Barrel. In: Assembly: Contemporary Ceramics. Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Mestrom, S. (2014). 1. Still life with small white cup on 2. Still life with nine objects, 1954 3. Composition 1 4. Composition 2 5. Composition 3. In: Never Neverland. Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2014). 1.Weeping Women. In: Ian Potter Sculpture Court Commission. Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2014). Compositions: 1. Still life with small white cup 2. Still life with nine objects, 1954 3. Composition 1 4. Composition 2 5. Composition 3. In: Never Neverland. Roslyn Oxley 9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2013). 1. The Dance 2. Kama Sutra 3. Kama Sutra 4. Untitled. In: Future Primitive. Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2013). The Bell Curve: 1. Dora Maar Aluminium 2. Still life with nine objects 3. Large still life with petroleum lamp. In: ACCA NEW13. Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2013). The Internal Logic. In: The Internal Logic. West Space, Melbourne, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2012). 1. Grosenberg 2. Muse 3. Travellers. In: Pretty Air and Useful Things. Monash University Museum of Art, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2012). 1. Temple. In: Ode to Form. West Space, Melbourne, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2012). 1. Untitled #1 2. Untitled #2 3. Untitled #3 4. Untitled #4 5. Untitled #5 6. Untitled #6 7. Untitled #7. In: Figure and Ground. Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2011). 1. Compression Chamber. In: Social Sculpture. Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2011). 1. Dr. Sanne Mestrom. In: Creative Accounting. UTS Art, Sydney, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2011). 1. The Reclining Nude. In: The Reclining Nude. Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2010). 1. A door opened and almost closed again 2. Enough is as good as a feast 3. A slow shift in the balance of power. In: The Nothing. West Space, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Mestrom, S. (2010). 1. A door opened and almost closed again 2. Enough is as good as a feast 3. A slow shift in the balance of power. In: The Nothing. West Space, Melbourne, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2009). 1. Thinking Table 2. Shelf with Nails 3. Joy Prop 4. Variable Access Enablers 5. Expanding Field. In: Shaker Peg. Chalk Horse Gallery, Sydney, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2008). Questioning the Edge of Painting: 1. Shelf with Masking Tape 2. Model for a wedge 3. Trapdoor 4. Untitled (air) 5. Untitled (bic pen) 6. Untitled (balloon) 7. Pressure 8. Still life (Baltic pine) 9. Slump 10. Untitled (lightbox). In: An Ideal for Living. Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne, Australia. [More Information]

Scholarly Exhibition

  • Hall, J., Mestrom, S. (2016). The Mechanics Institute: 1. Trade School. Queen Victoria Markets, Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne Public Art Biennial Lab. [More Information]

2019

  • Mestrom, S. (2019). There is a Poem. Sullivan and Strumpf, Sydney, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2019). 1. Things that Hold (1) 2. Things that Hold (2) 3. Things that Hold (3) 4. Things that Hold (4) 5. Things that Hold (5) 6. Things that Hold (6) 7. Things that Hold (7) 8. Things that Hold (8) 9. Things that Hold (9) 10. Things that Hold (10) 11. Things that Hold (11) 12. Things that Hold (12) 13. Things that Hold (13) 14. Hard Soft Kiss. In: A World of One’s Own. Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2019). Black Paintings: 1. (Untitled) Large Tapestries (3) 2. (Untitled) Medium Tapestries (2) 3. (Untitled) Small Tapestries (7) 4. (Untitled) Gouaches. In: Black Paintings. McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. [More Information]

2018

  • Mestrom, S. (2018). Hush Hush: 1. Self Portrait (Hold) 2. Self Portrait (Kiss Don't Tell) 3. Self Portrait (Known) 4. Self Portrait (Seers) 5. Self Portrait (Snoop) 6. Self Portrait (Underground). In: TarraWarra Biennial: From Will to Form. TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healsville, Australia. [More Information]

2017

  • Mestrom, S. (2017). 1. Sphinx in Repose (Kneeling) 2. Sphinx in Repose (Reclining). In: Sydney Contemporary. Sydney Contemporary. Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia.
  • Mestrom, S. (2017). 1. Untitled (Self Portrait, Smile) 2. Self Portrait, Beauty Spot (1) 3. Self Portrait, Beauty Spot (2) 4. Beauty Spot (3) 5. Untitled (Self Portrait, Ginger) 6. Untitled (Self Portrait, Hazelnuts) 7. Untitled (Self-portrait, Oranges) 8. Untitled (Raspberry Nipples) 9. Untitled (Sleeping Muse) 10. Untitled (Self Portrait as the Sun) 11. Untitled (Self Portrait, Underground). In: Corrections. Sullivan and Strumpf, Sydney, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2017). Loose Variables. In: Loose Variables. Westbourne Grammar, Melbourne, Australia. [More Information]

2016

  • Mestrom, S. (2016). Soft Kiss. In: Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday. Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Sydney, Australia. [More Information]
  • Hall, J., Mestrom, S. (2016). The Mechanics Institute: 1. Trade School. Queen Victoria Markets, Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne Public Art Biennial Lab. [More Information]

2015

  • Mestrom, S. (2015). 1. Dear Claire (II) 2. Dear Steph 3. Dear Mira 4. Dear Charlie 5. Dear Peter 6. Dear Lizzy 7. Dear Claire, Dear Clive 8. Dear Scott 9. Leftovers. In: Leftovers: Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award. Shepparton Art Museum, Australia. [More Information]

2014

  • Mestrom, S. (2014). 1. Rubins Vase 2. Pork Barrel. In: Assembly: Contemporary Ceramics. Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Mestrom, S. (2014). 1. Still life with small white cup on 2. Still life with nine objects, 1954 3. Composition 1 4. Composition 2 5. Composition 3. In: Never Neverland. Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2014). 1.Weeping Women. In: Ian Potter Sculpture Court Commission. Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2014). Compositions: 1. Still life with small white cup 2. Still life with nine objects, 1954 3. Composition 1 4. Composition 2 5. Composition 3. In: Never Neverland. Roslyn Oxley 9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia. [More Information]

2013

  • Mestrom, S. (2013). 1. The Dance 2. Kama Sutra 3. Kama Sutra 4. Untitled. In: Future Primitive. Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2013). The Bell Curve: 1. Dora Maar Aluminium 2. Still life with nine objects 3. Large still life with petroleum lamp. In: ACCA NEW13. Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2013). The Internal Logic. In: The Internal Logic. West Space, Melbourne, Australia. [More Information]

2012

  • Mestrom, S. (2012). 1. Grosenberg 2. Muse 3. Travellers. In: Pretty Air and Useful Things. Monash University Museum of Art, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2012). 1. Temple. In: Ode to Form. West Space, Melbourne, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2012). 1. Untitled #1 2. Untitled #2 3. Untitled #3 4. Untitled #4 5. Untitled #5 6. Untitled #6 7. Untitled #7. In: Figure and Ground. Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, Australia. [More Information]

2011

  • Mestrom, S. (2011). 1. Compression Chamber. In: Social Sculpture. Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2011). 1. Dr. Sanne Mestrom. In: Creative Accounting. UTS Art, Sydney, Australia. [More Information]
  • Mestrom, S. (2011). 1. The Reclining Nude. In: The Reclining Nude. Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia. [More Information]

2010

  • Mestrom, S. (2010). 1. A door opened and almost closed again 2. Enough is as good as a feast 3. A slow shift in the balance of power. In: The Nothing. West Space, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Mestrom, S. (2010). 1. A door opened and almost closed again 2. Enough is as good as a feast 3. A slow shift in the balance of power. In: The Nothing. West Space, Melbourne, Australia. [More Information]

2009

  • Mestrom, S. (2009). 1. Thinking Table 2. Shelf with Nails 3. Joy Prop 4. Variable Access Enablers 5. Expanding Field. In: Shaker Peg. Chalk Horse Gallery, Sydney, Australia. [More Information]

2008

  • Mestrom, S. (2008). Questioning the Edge of Painting: 1. Shelf with Masking Tape 2. Model for a wedge 3. Trapdoor 4. Untitled (air) 5. Untitled (bic pen) 6. Untitled (balloon) 7. Pressure 8. Still life (Baltic pine) 9. Slump 10. Untitled (lightbox). In: An Ideal for Living. Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne, Australia. [More Information]

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