Nien Schwarz

Biography

I’m an interdisciplinary artist and ECU Snr Lecturer teaching sculpture, environmental art and art history. My installations, sculptures, photographs and paintings result from my fascination with the migration of people and Earth sciences. I have worked as a bushcook for geological mapping expeditions across the Canadian arctic and WA and fieldwork stimulates my research. Artworks reflect our global collective dependency on mining incorporate the material essence of mined places including hand collected and prepared earth matter and scientifically prepared laboratory specimens. Historical references to place and people are embedded through cultural artifacts, including maps.

Group Exhibitions

2016
Call of the Sea

Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery

2016
Scene

Nyisztor Gallery

2016
Tied Up With String

The Mundaring Arts Centre invited 50 West Australian artists were invited to create a small work to fit inside or to be created on the inside of a handmade wooden box.

2016
field working slow making, ECU Spectrum Project Space

Co-curator A Nykiel 8 WA artists extend conversations about nonurban places. Based on sustained fieldwork, slow making, place making evolving from artists' relationships with bush and bush materials

2015
Bunbury Biennale

Title of work: SH 51-9 Kalgoorlie map sheet, centenary edition.

Collections

Private sale, East Fremantle

Commissions

2016 - 2018
City of Joondalup Art Collection

2016
Perth Drill Core Library - Perecent for Art Project

Publications

2016
A Dozen Years at Cottesloe

A 4-page overview of 12 years of SxS at Cottesloe. Printed in Sculpture by the Sea: The first twenty years 1997-2016.

2016
"Floating" a chapter in A Touch of Dutch: Maritime, Military, Migration and Mercantile Connections on the Western Third 1616-2016

"Floating" analyses artworks, migration stories and sense of identity expressed by 7 WA artists of Dutch heritage who exhibited in the 2006 Floating exhibition I curated at FAC.

Artist Statement

Geological fieldwork and 'material as meaning' underpin my interdisciplinary practice. Linking Earth science, mining, ecology and cultural landscape studies results in installations, sculpture, photographs and paintings that probe our collective dependence on natural resources. Works incorporate recycled consumer goods, maps, earth samples and living plants