Since 1995, Carolyn Eskdale has worked on an ongoing series of installations and constructions in Australia, Europe and Asia with the generic title of ‘room’. These works engage with the processes of transformation and the reconstruction of living spaces; actual, remembered and imagined. While the subject of the work has been primarily private interior spaces, more recently this has extended to engage social spaces of the city, where a dialogue between the private and public is played out. Eskdale’s practice responds to various spaces and forms found within interior structures, resulting in an ongoing series of contemplative and poetic installations and interventions, and seeks to refine our relation to space and memory. Her drawing practice is equally embedded in this intrinsically sculptural practice – which is concerned with permeable sites and thresholds and the touch of her hands. Repetitive processes including moulding and kneading, picking, sewing, plucking and tracing are played out across fabrics, windows, walls, water and paper.
CAROLYN ESKDALE is a PhD candidate at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. In 1994 she completed a residency at the Power Institute Studio, Cite International Des Arts, Paris and in 2006 was awarded the Australia Council Studio in Barcelona.Over the past twenty years, Eskdale has presented a range of solo, group and project based exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally, including the 2004 Biennale of Sydney, On Reason and Emotion, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Louise Bourgeois and Australian Artists, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne; Orifice, Melbourne Festival, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Claustrophobia, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. Three rooms, solo exhibition at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra, Untitled rooms, a solo exhibition at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne. Carolyn has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Barcelona Studio, Australia Council for the Arts, and The Sydney University Power Institute Studio, Cite International des Arts, Paris. Carolyn has work in private and public collections within Australia and France, as well as the Monash University and University of Melbourne Collections.