Working in sculpture, video and installation, Lisa Sammut’s practice oscillates between notions of cosmic perspective, belonging, connection and time. Privileging the poetic, intuitive and experiential, her immersive exhibitions use a wide range of media to explore nonhuman perspectives, alter perceptions and question human-centric thinking. Overlaying celestial phenomena and human narratives to investigate themes of otherness, power, and agency, recent works have considered the ways cosmic forms and forces mirror the elusive dynamics, relations and dimensions of our personal and social worlds. In particular these works have focussed on the metaphorical qualities of interstellar movement to reconsider the dynamics of human interaction, the role of the individual and the sway of the collective. Exploring a tension between realism and imagination, Sammut presents works as a kind of speculative fiction, transforming familiar visual language in unexpected ways.

Lisa has exhibited widely in Australia, with recent solo exhibitions including Radial Sign, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery (2023), a circular logic, Canberra Glassworks (2023), Full Circle, Mosman Art Gallery (2021), HIGH LOOM, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (2019), a monumental echo, Firstdraft (2018), tapestries for galaxies, Verge Gallery (2017), for the time being, Bus Projects (2016) and every now and then, Firstdraft (2015). She has participated in numerous group exhibitions including nightshifts, Buxton Contemporary (2023), The Unseen, Blacktown Arts Centre (2023),  The National 2021: New Australian Art, Art Gallery of NSW (2021), 20:20, Murray Art Museum Albury (2020)Other Suns, Fremantle Arts Centre (2019), All the parts I like about you, Artspace Ideas Platform (2018), From where we stand, Artbank (2018), Conscious Process, Artbank (2018), World Material, Darren Knight Gallery (2017), As if light could be translated, Firstdraft (2015), and Specific Gravity, Moana Project Space (2015).

In 2016, Lisa received the Churchie Emerging Art Sam Whiteley Memorial Prize as well as a Sainsbury Sculpture Grant to undertake an intensive woodcarving course at the Geisler-Moroder Schnitz und Bildhauerschule in Tirol, Austria in 2017. In 2018, she was a finalist in the John Fries Award, a resident at Parramatta Artist Studios and completed her MFA by Research at UNSW Art & Design, Sydney. In 2019, Lisa undertook a series of residencies in Iceland and France including an intensive 1-week Video & Installation Art mentorship with conceptual artist Laure Prouvost. In 2021, she was a finalist in the Ramsay Art Prize at the Art Gallery of South Australia. She has recently undertaken a number of artist residencies, including The Unconformity, TAS (2022), Bundanon Trust, NSW (2023) and Canberra Glassworks, ACT (2022-23). Lisa was also a founding co-director at Archive_ ARI (2013-2015).

Lisa is currently based at ANCA Studios in Kamberri/Canberra.


contact: lisasammuts (at) gmail (dot) com

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