Meredith Turnbull
Hardbody Sculpture
3 May - 3 June 2017


In Hardbody Sculpture Meredith Turnbull explores the animate qualities of objects and things through two-dimensional images and sculptures. Meredith Turnbull’s practice examines how objects function as both singular entities and as collectives; as autonomous elements but also parts of an expanding field. This field coheres various disciplines to examine how objects and images can create and program space. Hardbody Sculpture also reflects on Turnbull’s ongoing fascination with socialist object-based and spatial theories and moments in 20th century art history where artistic disciplines have been combined into processes of world-building.

Concurrently with Hardbody Sculpture at Daine Singer, Turnbull will also exhibit a collection of small-scale objects and jewellery in Softbody Sculpture at Pieces of Eight Gallery. The two exhibitions allow the breadth of Turnbull’s art practice – encompassing sculpture, images, decorative objects and jewellery – to be seen at the same time. 

Meredith Turnbull’s practice engages diverse scales, art historical traditions and genres. She has an ongoing interest in combining the disciplines of sculpture, craft and design through approaches to excess, adornment and decor. More broadly her practice focuses on the work of women artists and the related histories of modernism and abstraction across visual art, craft and design. In 2016 Meredith Turnbull completed a PhD in Fine Art at Monash University in the field of Sculpture and Spatial Practice.

Turnbull has previously exhibited at Daine Singer in Return (2015) and Lifestyle Concept (2014). Turnbull has held solo exhibitions at Station, MADA Gallery, Pieces of Eight, Bus Projects, The Other Side, West Space, CCP, TCB and The Narrows. She has exhibited in group exhibitions at galleries including the National Gallery of Victoria, Craft Victoria (with Manon van Kouswijk), Jam Factory, Adelaide (with Tom Borgas and Kate Beckingham), Glen Eira Council Gallery (with Manon van Kouswijk and Anna Varendorff), Melbourne Art Fair, VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery and the George Paton Gallery.