Energetic and experimental, Michaela Gleave is one of Australia’s upcoming contemporary artists. Working across installation, performance, photography, sculpture and video, her multi-faceted projects explore the systems and structures through which we construct our reality, challenging us to rethink our presence within it.
Gleave was awarded a M.F.A. (Research) from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales in 2007. She was commissioned to create Cloud Spa (Faux Mo), a pool of real cloud, installed underground as part of the Museum of Old and New Art’s (MONA) Festival of Music and Art (2016). That same year, she will also perform A Galaxy of Suns, where constellations will be transcribed into scores by her and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as part of MONA’s Winter Arts Festival. A major museum exhibition of experimental media, Experimenta: Recharge – 8th International Biennial of Media Art, featuring Gleave’s series Model For The End Of The Universe, is currently touring across Australia (through 23 September 2016).
In 2015, Lines of Sight, in collaboration with Cameron Robbins, marked her fourth solo exhibition at Anna Pappas Gallery. Gleave has held solo exhibitions at the Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia (2013), Performance Space, Sydney (2012); Art Futures, Hong Kong Art Fair (2012) and group shows at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2011), the Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin (2010) and Primavera 09 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2009). From 2012 to 2013, Gleave was the resident artist at the CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science Division. In 2015, she was the recipient of Australia’s foremost prize for emerging artists – The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize – and in 2012 she was awarded a Creative Australia Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts and a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship in 2009.