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about

Carly Scoufos is an Australian visual artist working across a range of mediums. Her current studio practice predominately focuses on sculpture and installation however her earliest qualifications were in drawing and painting. She studied at the Santa Rosa Junior College in California, before completing a Bachelor of Fine Art with First Class Honours from the Queensland College of Art - Griffith University.

After graduating Carly was awarded the Queensland Art Gallery’s 2008 Melville Haysom Memorial Art Scholarship and exhibited in QAG’s Watermall Café as part of the Starter Space program. In 2009, following the receipt of the Siganto Travel Scholarship, Carly undertook a studio residency at Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo where she presented her first solo exhibition, Seam. Since then she has exhibited regularly, been awarded numerous grants and awards and completed a large number of public commissions in both Australia and overseas. Her most recent commissions include a large-scale sculptural installation for the foyer of 1 William Street, Brisbane - the new home of the Queensland Government and a 30 m suspended sculpture at the Domestic Terminal of Perth Airport. She is currently working with UAP Shanghai to deliver her largest work to date for a new residential and commercial development in Shenzhen, China - due to be completed in August 2017.

Carly currently lives between Brisbane and "Rutherglen", QLD where her studio is located. Together with her husband and baby daughter, she is nearing the end of an extensive renovation project to her great grandparents 1930’s farmhouse. 


Artist statement

"Working across both sculpture and installation, my art practice explores abstract and fleeting moments within natural phenomena. While the material most common to my practice is hand-woven industrial wire, I also regularly use pins and yarn to make large-scale, site specific installations, hand-sewn and wrapped paper installations and more recently, carved and constructed timber facades of rural buildings.  These processes of weaving, sewing and woodworking parallel traditional textile techniques. Particularly in regards to the woven wire technique I have refined over the past eight years, which references traditions such as needlework, lace making and knitting, in which single strands of fibre are interwoven to create structure and define space. Within my work however the 'fibre' or 'thread' used is either fencing or welding wire with properties that are rigid, sharp and unforgiving, therefore juxtaposing the femininity of domestic techniques and the ‘handmade’ to the use of industrial materials. I’m also interested in the intersection between drawing and sculpture and incorporating this within my practice to create a perceptual push and pull between two-dimensional sculpture and three-dimensional drawing".


artist CV

ACADEMIC HISTORY

2007          Bachelor of Fine Art with First Class Honours, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

2007          Mentee in Griffith Industry Mentoring Program – Mentored by Sebastian Di Mauro

2004          Fine Art Career Certificate, Santa Rosa Junior College, California, USA

COMMISSIONS

2017            (in progress) Phase, Shenzhen Yifang Shopping Mall, Shenzhen, China

2017            (in progress) Ascent, St Margaret's Anglican Girl School, Ascot, Brisbane

2015-16       Coalesce, Foyer Artwork, 1 William Street, Brisbane

2014-15       Substratum, Suspended Sculpture, T1 Domestic Pier, Perth Airport, Perth

2014           Perpetuate, Suspended Installation, Macquarie Centre, North Ryde, Sydney

2013-14      Convergence, Courtyard Sculpture, Somerville House, South Brisbane

2012-13      Mergence, Entrance Sculpture, 28 Hennessey Road, Hong Kong, China

2011-13      Continuum, Atrium Sculpture, Infinity Tower, 43 Hershel St, Meriton, Brisbane

2010-12     Flume, NICU Courtyard, Gold Coast University Hospital, Gold Coast

2011           Interstice, Atrium Sculpture for Phoenix City, Beijing, China

2011          Unstable Surface Tension, Library Foyer, Griffith University, Nathan Campus, Brisbane

2009-10   Confluence, Foyer Sculpture for AECOM Brisbane Office, Wickham Street, Brisbane

2008         Transitional Viscosity, Foyer of Macmahon Building, SW1 South Brisbane

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014          Void, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Toowoomba

2013          Chapters from the Interlaced Manuscript, Dogwood Crossing, Miles

2013          Chapters from the Interlaced Manuscript, Crows Nest Regional Art Gallery

2013          Petri, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, Bundaberg

2010          Repositories, LEVEL, Gallery 2, Newstead, Brisbane

2010          CABIN. in the room, Crucible Space at Artisan, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

2010          Uncommon Destinations (Interlaced Derivation), KickArts - Contemporary Arts, Cairns

2009          Seam, Youkobo Art Space, Suginami, Tokyo, Japan

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016          MAYO Festival, St Margaret's Anglican Girl's School, Ascot, QLD

2014          SWELL Sculpture Festival, Currumbin Beach, Currumbin, QLD

2014          Seven With Another Retrospective, Brisbane Powerhouse, QLD

2014          Tangible: recent works by Sebastian Di Mauro and Carly Scoufos, Pine Rivers Art Gallery

2014          MAYO Festival, St Margaret's Anglican Girl's School, Ascot, QLD

2013          A River Without Banks, The Hold Artspace, West End, Brisbane, QLD

2013          Clayton Utz LAUNCH Art Award, Clayton Utz Offices, Riparian Plaza, Brisbane, QLD

2013          Drawing a Line, Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, QLD

2013          Linden Postcard Show 2013, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, St Kilda, VIC

2012          Immediacy, Through the Looking Glass, Fleet Lane, South Brisbane, QLD

2012          2012 Gold Coast Art Prize, Gold Coast City Gallery, Gold Coast, QLD

2012          Art for Eva, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Fortitude Valley, QLD

2012          Caravan for Under the Radar, 2012 Brisbane Festival, Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

2012          MAYO Festival, St Margaret's Anglican Girl's School, Ascot, QLD

2012          Oh Video, Griffith University Queensland College of Art, South Bank, QLD

2012          Seven with Another, Substation No.4, 22 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane

2011           Sensorial Loop, Tamworth Textile Triennial, Tamworth Regional Gallery, Tamworth, NSW

2011           Subdivision: LEVEL pop-up Art Fair, 167 James St, Fortitude Valley & LEVEL, Newstead

2010          eating biscuits…those everyday spaces we occupy, LEVEL, Brisbane

2010          Travelling Scholarship 2010, Noosa Regional Gallery, Tewantin

2010          Sunshine Coast Art Prize ’10, Caloundra Art Gallery, Caloundra

2010          The Churchie National Emerging Art Exhibition, Queensland College or Art, South Bank

2010          Something or other, Old Space exhibition, Bowen Hills, Brisbane

2010          The Stanthorpe Art Festival 2010, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Stanthorpe

2009          15 Artists, Redcliffe City Gallery, Redcliffe

2009          Tiny Worlds, Artisan Gallery, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

2009          Agendo, Phoenix Gallery, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria

2009          The Churchie National Emerging Art Exhibition, Anglican Church Grammar, Brisbane

2009          Moreton Bay Region Art Awards, Pine Rivers Regional Art Gallery

2009          Prometheus Art Exhibition, The Prometheus Foundation Gallery, Gold Coast

2008          Stan and Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize 08, Gold Coast City Art Gallery

2008          The Great Divide, Artisan Gallery, Brisbane

2008          Launch – Clayon Utz Travelling Scholarship Exhibition, Metro Arts, Brisbane

2008          Starter Space, Watermall Café, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

2008          Thiess Art Prize 2007, Dell Gallery, Brisbane

2007          Gardening at Night, 2007 QCA Fine Art and Photography Honours Exhibition, Brisbane

2007          Artists x HMAS Diamantina, Queensland Maritime Museum, Brisbane

2006          Thiess Art Prize 2006, Dell Gallery, Brisbane

2006          Fine Art Graduation Exhibition, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane

2006          Papyrus, Brisbane Writers Festival, South Bank, Brisbane

GRANTS/PRIZES/AWARDS

2013          Australian Artists Grant - National Association for the Visual Arts

2012          New Work Early Career Grant - Australia Council for the Arts

2010          Australia Council ArtStart Grant

2008          Siganto Travel Scholarship 08, Artworkers, Brisbane 

2008          Melville Haysom Memorial Art Scholarship, Queensland Art Gallery

2007          High Commendation Award, 2007 Thiess Art Prize, Dell Gallery, Brisbane

2007          Griffith University Medal for Outstanding Academic Excellence, Griffith University

2007          Griffith Award for Academic Excellence – 2007. Queensland College of Art, Brisbane

2006          High Commendation Award, 2006 Thiess Art Prize, Dell Gallery, Brisbane

2006          Thiess People Choice Award, 2006 Thiess Art Prize Exhibition, Dell Gallery, Brisbane

2006          Griffith Award for Academic Excellence – 2006, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane

2006          eX de Medici Award, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane

2005          Griffith Award for Academic Excellence – 2005, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane

2004          Charles & Anna Cherney Memorial Art Scholarship, Santa Rosa Junior College, California

2004          Dean’s Highest Honours – Spring 04 & Fall 03, Santa Rosa Junior College, California, USA

2003          Doyle Scholarship – 2003/2004, Santa Rosa Junior College, California, USA

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Griffith Artworks, Toowoomba Regional Council,  Moreton Bay Region Art Collection, Sculptors Queensland, Private collections in Australia, USA and Japan

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2015          Alumni Panel Discussion for QCA Showcacse, Queensland College of Art, South Bank QLD

2015          Artist talk, St Margaret's Anglican Girls School, Ascot, Brisbane, QLD

2014          Alumni Panel Discussion for QCA Showcacse, Queensland College of Art, South Bank QLD

2014          Artist talk, QCA Sculpture students, Queensland College of Art, South Bank, QLD

2014          Talk with the Artists - Carly Scoufos & Sebastian Di Mauro, Pine Rivers Art Gallery, Strathpine, QLD

2013          Artist workshop, Energies Immersion Day, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, QLD

2013          Artist talk & workshop, Brisbane School of Distance Education, Coorparoo, Brisbane, QLD

2013          Somerville House Visiting Artist Program, Somerville House, South Brisbane, QLD

2013          Artist talk, Seven with Another Artist Talks, Brisbane Powerhouse, QLD

2013          Artist talks - Yr 11 & 12 art students, St Margaret's Anglican Girls School, Ascot, Brisbane, QLD

2013          Artist talk, Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, QLD

2013          Artist seminar session, Creative Futures Symposium, Brisbane Girls Grammar School, QLD

2013          Artist talk, Brisbane Girls Grammar School, Spring Hill, Brisbane, QLD

2012          Artist talk & workshop, Brisbane School of Distance Education, Coorparoo, Brisbane, QLD

2012          Artist talk, MAYO Festival, St Margaret's Anglican Girls School, Ascot, Brisbane, QLD

2012          Artist talk, St Margaret's Anglican Girls School, Ascot, Brisbane, QLD

2011          Artist talk, Tamworth Regional Gallery, Tamworth, NSW

2011          Presenter, Pecha Kucha Night, Turbine Hall, Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane

2010          Artist talk, Level, Newstead, Brisbane, QLD

2010          Alternative Approaches to Drawing, QCA Gallery Holiday Workshop, South Bank, Brisbane

2010          Panel Discussion - The road less travelled, KickArts, Contemporary Arts, Cairns

2010          Guest speaker, February Symposium, Sculptors Queensland, Bowen Hills, Brisbane, QLD

2009          Artist talk, 15 Artists Exhibition, Redcliffe City Art Gallery, Redcliffe, QLD

2009          Guest speaker, Sculptors Queensland, Bowen Hills, Brisbane, QLD

2008          Guest speaker and presenter, Queensland Independent Education Union Art Awards, Brisbane, QLD

2008          Workshop for Sunday at the Gallery program, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

2008          Artist talk - Starter Space Program, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

PUBLICATIONS (selected)

'Airport news: Substratum - Carly Scoufos', Runway Magazine, Iss. 9, Feb-Apr 2016, pp. 24-25.

Brown, Laura. Tangible: Recents works by Sebastian Di Mauro and Carly Scoufos, February, 2014.

'Special focus: An artfully exceptional piece', Australian National Construction Review, Oct 2014, p. 34.

Pottinger, Sandy. 'Regional exhibitions show off a variety of skills', Chronicle, June 2013.

Jackson, Beth & Younger, Jay. Immediacy (Exhibition Catalogue), December, 2012

Hirst, Kim. ‘July – Featured Artist’, Interview for NAVA e-bulletin and website, July 2012.

Parsons, Rachael. 'The LEVELer in Residence - Carly Scoufos', Summer 2010/2011, pp. 17-21.

Fraser, Margie. ‘Carly Scoufos at Crucible’, Artichoke, Iss. 32, Sept-Nov 2010, pp. 72-73.

Porch, Debra. Eating Biscuits…those everyday spaces we occupy…(Catalogue Essay), August,’10.

Foulds, Gordon. ‘Moreton Bay Region Art Awards’, Craft Arts International, Iss. 77, 2009, pp.104-5.

Exposure – Volume one, DVD series profiling Queensland Artists, MSSR (Moreton Street Spare Room).

James, Alan. ‘Young artist weaves her way up at South Bank’, Creations Magazine, Winter 8, pp 3-4.

Armitstead, Jacqueline. The Great Divide (Catalogue Essay), August, 2008.