Georgia Saxelby creates interactive installations, including sculptural objects and audience-driven performances to investigate ritual traditions and sacred spaces in celebration of feminine mythologies, women-specific traditions and contemporary issues of gender and space. Her project seeks to reveal women history and activate traditional craft, architectures and ceremonies within the wider cultural landscape.
Saxelby’s multidisciplinary art practice investigates the ritual practices and sacred spaces of living and ancient cultures. The artist explores collective symbolic gestures as a lens to understand the formation of cultural identity, value systems and modes of cultural expression and representation. Through interactive installations, Saxelby creates ephemeral, transitory experiences in which audience members must collaboratively negotiate between symbolic objects and each other. Her practice aims to facilitate moments of collectivity in which the conventional language of art is reimagined.
Based in New York, Saxelby has spent the last eight months working at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the New York art and architecture studio that co-designed the Manhattan High Line. She recently received three prominent Australian artist grants to undertake a series of mentorships, residencies and projects in Mexico, Ireland and the United States developing her research. Saxelby was recently chosen to speak at the ninth International Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Symposium in Maine.
To learn more about Saxelby, visit georgiasaxelby.com.
Description of Artwork: "BREAK," 2016 – ceramic mixed media installation, dimensions variable, installation view at 2016 Blake Prize in Sydney, Australia.