Melanie Upton is a Melbourne based artist with a multi-disciplinary practice. Her output spans sculpture and installation, ceramics, wearable objects and 2 dimensional work. Her work demonstrates a preoccupation with materiality, spatiality and form. As such her practice is heavily invested in material exploration, a response to or interruption of site and the investigation of objects and their narratives. Upton draws inspiration from the sites and objects associated with urban renewal and development. She is keenly interested in the processes, materialities and embedded histories that determine these built environments, her work is often site specific or process determined.
Upton is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and has exhibited throughout Australia. Recent exhibitions include The Agency of Things 2016 Anna Pappas Gallery, Heavy Forms 2016 Rubicon ARI, It Spoke, I Listened 2015 Bus Projects and Vague Terrain: Things Calling 2014 Seventh. She is the recipient of the Dr Rosenthal Award for Sculpture, the National Gallery Women’s Association Award and the George Tallis Foundation prize. In 2015 Upton undertook a research in New York. She is currently a member of Artery Studios.
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