About Ms Robyn Backen

Robyn Backen is an artist whose work makes connections between art, science and philosophy. Her installations actively engage with the spaces they inhabit, whether gallery, landscape or building: the site provides the structural and associative framework for both formal and conceptual elements.

Backen has shown in many national and international exhibitions including Australian Perspecta (1991 and 1997), Spirit and Place Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (1996), Flow National Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (2000), Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Japan (2003), Imagining Prometheus, Milan, Italy (2003) and Whispering Trees De Overkant, Den Haag Sculpur, Holland (2007),Exposure, Rejmyre, Sweden (2011), Sookmyung Women’s University Gallery, South Korea (2011), Daya / Kindness: Australia-India a cultural exchange, Habitat Centre, New Delhi, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne (2012). Most recently she was commission to create a solo installation for Incinerator Art Space, Willoughby Biennial, Sydney— If you do not speak, do I speak for you? (2015). Backen has completed many large public commissioned artworks such as Weeping Walls(2001) at Sydney International Airport and Delicate Balance,at Ballast Point Park for the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority 2009 and Night Watch for Brisbane CBD2013. She was one of the four commissioned artists to develop a site specific artwork forSiteworks - a series of interactive projects focused on the unique Bundanon properties. Backen is one of the five international artists invited to collaborate and develop the touring artwork Nomanslanding, Sydney, Germany and Scotland (2015-17).

Selected publications


  • Spaced 3: Noth by South East, Art Gallery Western Australia & Rejmyre Sweden 2018
  • Thought Train, Wynscreen, Wynyard, 2017
  • Nomanslanding, Tramway, Glasgow, 2017
  • Nomanslanding, Draling Harbour, Sydney, 2015
  • If You Do Not Speak, Do I Speak for You?, Willoughby, Sydney, 2015
  • Connecting You, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra, 2010
  • Mirror<>Mirror: Then and Now, Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney, and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2009-2010
  • Walls that Whisper, Museum of Australian Democracy, Canberra, 2009
  • It's me...I'm here...where're you, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, 2007
  • Yours, Mine, Ours: 50 years of ABC TV, Archive Project, Lewers bequest, 2006-2007
  • Vinculum, (with John Tonkin) Artspace, Sydney, 2005