curriculum vitae    

           

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Residencies and other

2020  Visiting Industry Fellow, The Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

2019   Artist in Residence, The Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne,

2019   Art  Patron - Mount Burnett Observatory, Victoria, Australia.

2014   EATT Magazine,  www.eattmag.com (accessible to ipad and iphone users)

2012   Artist in Residence – St Vincent’s Hospital

2011   Artist in Residence – ArtGalleryOpenings.com

2006   Artist in Residence -  St Joseph’s Girls School, Altona.

 

exhibitions

2020    Thresholds of Knowing, East Brunswick Cultural Hub, East  Brunswick. solo show

2019   Weather the Weather,  New York Hall of Science,  group show

2019   THE APOLLO 11 -  Eleven artists responding creatively via video art to the 1969 Moon landing event.

               The Project Space, Geelong - Victoria,  Parkes Observatory - NSW,   NASA Deep Space Communications  Complex -  ACT,  Scienceworks     Melbourne, Coolart Nature Reserve - Victoria, and The Franklin Institute Science Museum in - Philadelphia

2019    Space Time, The Memo Gallery, Healesville, Victoria

2018    AstroLight Festival,  Scienceworks,  Spottswood,  Melbourne

2018    Deeper Darker Brighter, Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorne, Melbuorne - duo show

2018    Submerge, Orchard Gallery, Manhattan, New York - group show

2017   Lakes of Colour, Launchpad, Cremorne, Melbourne - trio show

2016   The M Collection Art Award - finalist - Gallerysmith, North Melbourne - group show

2016   40 x 40 Art Show, Brunswick St. Gallery. Fitzroy - group show.

2015   In Space, Banyule Art Award for Works on Paper - finalit  

                Hatch Contemporary Art Space, Ivanhoe - group show

2015   Pixel, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Abbotsford, Melbourne - group show

2015   A Place For Space, Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy - solo show

2014   Wide Open Digital 2, Online exhibition, California – group show                                                                            

2014   Small Works Exhibition, Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy – group show                                                                

2014   A4 Art Australia, Herring Island, Melbourne – group show                                             

2013   Paint Purpose, Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy – group show                                                            

2013   Mapology St Vincent’s Hospital, Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy – solo show                                  

2013   Art in Science, Science in Art, St Vincent’s Gallery, Fitzroy – group show 

2012   Advance Australia Fair, Toyota Gallery, Port Melbourne –  group show                                   

2012   Small Works Exhibition, Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy - group show                                  

2012   Urban Creatures, Toyota Community Spirit Exhibition, Port Melbourne – group show                    

2011   Mapology Melbourne – Forty Five Downstairs – solo show                                                            

2011   Linden Postcard Show – Linden Gallery – group show                                                                    

2010   Secrets of Your City – 69 Smith Street Gallery – group show                                                    

2010   Small Works Exhibition – Brunswick Street Gallery – group show                                           

2010   Pinhole Photography Exhibition – 69 Smith Street Gallery – group show                                  

2009   Your Space - 69 Smith Street Gallery – group show

moving image

2019      'Apollo Dreaming',  video collaboration with James Josephides

2018      ‘Catching Light’,  Director and imagery.  (animator – James Josephides)

2018      'DEEPER WIDER FASTER', Co-director and Lead Visualiser.  (animator – James Josephides)

 

art related work history

2019                     Project Manager, THE APOLLO 11,  video exhibition

2017 - 2018      Project Manager, DEEPER DARKER BRIGHTER exhibition

1998                      Front of House Manager, Fringe Festival, Hobart

1997                      Project Manager/programmer, Hitchcock Festival, Cineama Afterdark, Hobart.

1996 - 1998      Manager/administrator, programmer, Afterdark Art House Cinema, Hobart.

1992 - 1995      Gallery Assistant, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

 

educational qualifications  

2010               Masters,  Civil Celebrations, (cultural studies), Monash University

2007               Graduate Diploma, Civil Celebrations,  Monash University

2003               Honours, Cinema Studies, University of Melbourne (withdrawn)

2003               Graduate Diploma, Cinema Studies, University of Melbourne

1995               Honours, Art Theory, University of Tasmania (withdrawn)

1994               Bachelor of Fine Art, University of Tasmania

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selected media/press

2019              Radio interview - 3RRR, Melbourne

2018              'Astronomy Inspires Artists" - online, Swinburne News

2018              'Deeper Darker Brighter Lights Up the Town Hall Gallery",  online,  Zilla and Brock

2018              'Stellar Exhibition in Creative Space', print, Progress Leader

2018               Radio interview - Joy Radio, Melbourne

2018               Radio interview - 3WBC, Melbourne

2017               'Painting the Universe',  print, Art Edit, Magazine

2016               'EATT Magazine Podcast with Pamela Bain', featuring segments from her interview with astronaut and former Commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield, EATT Magazine

 

authorships                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

2014                Articles - ‘Observations of an Astronaut’, Parts one and two, EATT Magazine   www.eattmag.com

2014                Article, ‘Breaking Bad in White Underpants’, EATT Magazine

2013                Book, ‘A Structural Chronology of St. Vincent Hospital’, historical support material for the exhibition Mapology St Vincent's Hospital.  Libraries Australia ID No. 67359440

awards and other

2018                Director’s Excellence in Outreach Award, Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne University of Technology

 

2016                Finalist - The M Collection Art Award,  Gallerysmith, North Melbourne

2015                Finalist - In Space, Banyule Art Award for Works on Paper, Hatch Contemporary Art Space, Ivanhoe, Melbourne

2008                The Damien West Award – for demonstrating the best performance overall in the studies for the Graduate Diploma of Civil Ceremonies and Cultural Studies. Monash University

1994                AGDA Award, for most outstanding student port folio in Tasmania, School of Art, University of Tasmania

biography

  

Pamela Bain’s art practice has explored the themes of spatial orientation and relationship with ourselves and environments both near and cosmically far.  Her bio-morphic imagery brings a sense of nature and biology, thus human connection, with outer space, to her oeuvre. 

Graduating from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Fine Art, Pam commenced an Honours Degree in Art Theory but withdrew to pursue other ventures.  She excelled in the studios of Painting, Print Making and Graphic Design.  Moving to Melbourne in 1998, Pam gained additional degrees in a variety of areas including Cinema Studies at Melbourne University (Graduate Diploma).  She won the Damien West Award for achieving the highest overall results for her  Graduate studies at Monash University in Civil Ceremony  and continued her investigations into anthropology, comparative cultures and theology during her Masters degree at Monash University -

conferred in 2009.

The artist’s early interest in the Universe a has influenced a body of work collectively named, BIOTIC COSMIC which observes that we and the Universe share mutual composition and, thus, relationship.  BIOTIC COSMIC also carries through similar commentary relating to Pam’s previous project, MAPOLOGY: interpreting cartographic layouts with an organic/biological style in order to signify the mutative nature of maps, the changing world around us and our place within it.   Where MAPOLOGY relates to a personal orientation within geographical settings and making foreign environs familiar, BIOTIC COSMIC articulates similar motivations: to know where we are and to feel connected.  

In 2016 Pam was invited to a ‘live to the sky’ astrophysics observation of the Universe hosted by Swinburne University of Technology.  This deeply personal experience enabled the artist to connect more profoundly with her muse and has resulted in a body of work produced as an In-House Artist and then Artist in Residence - with Swinburne’s Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing.  Entering the rarefied world of physics, data and deep space phenomenon advanced Pam’s creative evolution. 

Fascinated with deep space phenomena such as supernovae, considerations of life and death have also crept into Pam’s sub-text and draws upon her Masters inquiries.  Her interpretations of stellar explosions also ponder the nature of light, dark and the shadowy in between inherent to the cosmic mysterious.   An important context for Pam is also the recycling nature of the Universe where stars explode - ejecting elements out into space which coalesce to create new stars, thus, replenishing the cosmos.

Pamela has also embarked upon a very personal direction.  Having impaired sight, (hypermetropia and glaucoma), Pam is beginning to explore the adaptation of magnifying accoutrements within some of her art work - in order to reference the augmented nature of observatories and telescopes used in the study of the Universe. In so doing, she comments that sensory assistance mediates our understanding of the cosmos and, in Pam's personal life, the immediate world around her.  For the artist these instruments of science and astronomy, like her glasses and visual aids, become portals into other worlds and magnify that which is hidden or less visible to the naked eye.  Ever seeking more knowledge, Pam is poised to ventures into the world of spectroscopy, a method used by astronomers to analyse matter within the electromagnetic spectrum.

As an experimental artist working from her East Brunswick studio in Melbourne, Pam continually invents new methods and instruments of mark making that meld with more traditional materials such as paints, inks, pastels and pencils.  She has achieved exciting results via oxidization, collage,  photography and digital processes. Due to such exploratory work and creative breakthroughs, Pam considers art and science to be closely bound counterparts, as each field carries with it a sense of wonder, potential for experimentation, the testing of assumptions and methods,  the opportunity for deep inquiry, and the prospect of discovery and revelation. 

​Pam is a member of the Astronomical Society of Victoria and the Mount Burnett Observatory where star gazing brings Pam closer to her subject via her telescope, a Saxon eight inch Dobsonian.   This, together with her excursions to NASA, Houston, the Kennedy Space Centre and ongoing space-related research, has informed her series of light spectacles, hypothetical planets, speculative space-scapes, and cosmic possibilities.

The artist’s interview with former astronaut and Commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield, also melded art with science offering much creative nourishment when delving into the role of artist as aesthetic interpreter of the cosmos.

In 2020 Pam has further investigated cosmology and the Epoch of Re-ionisation as well as gaining a deeper understanding of spectroscopy - the analysis of information carried by spectra.   The artist has also formed a relationship with Swinburne's Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology in view of experimentation with nano particles.  Further inquiry promises to take her practice to ever more innovative art expressions that connects art and science ever more closely.