Zoë Croggon
luce rossa
11 October — 10 November 2018

The images used in 'luce rossa' are taken largely from old Italian pornography, erotica and fashion magazines. The work examines the way the female body is arranged, fragmented and presented for consumption, while quietly retrieving traces of intimacy and classicism from the pornographic and commercial image. I chose not to edit out errors as I normally would, acknowledging and implementing the scanning process and nodding to the sculptural and architectural qualities of the printed page.

- Zoë Croggon, 2018

Melbourne-based artist Zoë Croggon works with sculpture, video, drawing and primarily, collage.  Her practice considers the relationship between the kinetic body and its surroundings, contemplating the role we play in our environment and how deeply our surroundings inform the cadence of our lives. The body has long been the focus of Croggon’s work, presenting the trained body and modern architecture as fascinating counterparts; each unyielding, severe, and rigorously functional in form. Created primarily from found photographs, her works study texture, light, and form, examining the possibilities and limits of pictorial abstraction and metamorphosis.

Zoë Croggon has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts with First Class Honours. She has held solo exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria, Gertrude Contemporary, Peckham 24 (London), Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Perth Centre for Photography, Melbourne Art Fair and Daine Singer. Croggon has participated in group exhibitions at institutions including the National Gallery of Victoria, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Monash University Museum of Art, Samstag Museum of Art, Ian Potter Museum of Art and the VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery. 

Croggon is the recipient of an Art Gallery of New South Wales Studio Scholarship at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2018), ARTAND Australia / Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award (2014), the Asia-Pacific Photobook Prize (2015) and the ACACIA Art Award (2010). She has also been shortlisted for the Churchie Art Prize, Basil Sellers Art Prize and the Wallara Travelling Scholarship.

Her work is held in collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Victoria, MUMA, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Horsham Regional Gallery, Gippsland Art Gallery and Artbank.

Read the catalogue essay by Alison Croggon >>