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Louise Weaver

About the work

Louise Weaver’s multidisciplinary practice employs an assortment of media in the creation of both individual works and expansive sculptural installations that centre around the natural world. The paintings, sculptures and environments that Weaver creates interact with a broad range of themes. Weaver has a fascination with metamorphosis, cycles of growth and the intricacies of camouflage. Her work plays with these concepts and extends them into ideas surrounding artificiality,

transformation, social themes and feminism, underpinned by the enduring power of mythology, make-believe and memory. Highly propositional, her works are imaginative and exquisite objects, tableaux, constellations and fields for contemplation. Through the intricate traceries, patterns, webs and nets that appear and reappear throughout her practice, Weaver suggests a complex interconnected universe of fragile beauty that comprises things real and imagined, fleeting and eternal.


The skin of dreams, Behind the scenes by Louise Weaver The skin of dreams, Behind the scenes by Louise Weaver The skin of dreams, Behind the scenes by Louise Weaver

About the artist

Weaver has held numerous Individual Exhibitions including: Between Appearances: The art of Louise Weaver curated by Melissa Keys, Buxton Contemporary, The University of Melbourne, 2019 – 2020; Behind the scenes, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, 2019; The Kind That Gives Body To Words, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney (2017).

Group Exhibitions include: Turmoil and tranquility – recent acquisitions 2018-19, Geelong Gallery, Victoria, Australia, 2019 – 2020; A stitch in time, Hamilton Gallery, Victoria, Australia 2019 – 2020; The Moon, Geelong Gallery, Victoria, 2019; Glass Eye, LON Gallery, Melbourne, 2019; Acts of Reversal: Some Abstraction from China, New Zealand and Australia, Five Walls, Melbourne, 2019; Museum of Aphorisms and Platitudes, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, 2019; Word of Mouth, a pop-up project in four fragments, Venice, Italy, 2019; Obsessed: Compelled to Make, Australian Design Centre, Sydney, national touring exhibition, 2018–21; Birdlife, Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne, 2018; The Horse, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, 2018; Bowerbird: Clinton Bradley and the Art of Collecting, Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, NSW, 2018; The Lady and the Unicorn, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2018; Cross Section, Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne, 2017; World Material, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, 2017; Collective Vision: 130 Years, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, 2017; Soft Core, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, NSW, national touring exhibition, 2016–19; Sugar Spin: You, Me and Everything, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2016

Louise Weaver has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, residencies and grants. Her work is held in significant collections including; The British Museum, London, United Kingdom, National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, and the Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand.

  • The skin of dreams, Behind the scenes
  • 2019
  • hand-crocheted wool and strands of human hair over gourd, wood, synthetic polymer emulsion; synthetic polymer emulsion on linen
  • Sculpture