E l i z a b e t h P r e s a
Elizabeth Presa is a Melbourne based artist working with a range of materials and process including plaster casting, sericulture and apiculture. She is interested in the poetics of textuality, reading and writing, and sometimes collaborates with philosophers. Her sculpture installations often use the forensics of plaster to explore traces of the psyche, the environment and biological life. Elizabeth is the the Head of the interdisciplinary Centre for Ideas, at the University of Melbourne.
Elizabeth Presa sometimes collaborates with her daughter, performance artist Anastasia Klose http://anastasiaklose.wordpress.com/.
ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS: PhD and M.A. Centre for Comparative Literature & Cultural Studies, Monash University; B.A. (Hons) University of Melbourne; Post Grad Sculpt. Phillip Inst; Dip. Sculpt, Victorian College of the Arts.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS (since 2000)
2014 Beehive Village, Lorne Sculpture Biennale, curator Julie Collins, Victoria, Australia.
2013 Small Utopias: Architecture for Bees, Westspace Gallery , Melbourne , Australia.
2013 Night Glass, Pilchuck School of Glass, Seattle, USA
2013 Architecture for Solitary Bees, Youkobo Art space, Tokyo, Japan
2012 Screentest 508, with Christopher Koller, video single channel projection, Westspace Gallery, Melbourne
2011 Small thefts, with Cyrus Tang, Alliance Francais de Melbourne .
2010 Interior Castle, with architect Gregory Burgess, Linden Contemporary Arts Centre, Melbourne.
2009 Journey to the surface of the earth: Atlantis MARS Gallery, Melbourne.
2007 Ark, MARS Gallery, Melbourne.
2007 Dear Jean Jacques, Cite International des Arts, Paris.
2006 Calculation of the Rainbow, MARS Gallery, Melbourne.
2006 Skin and Peel, sculpture installation , St. Johns Lutheran Church, Southbank.
2005 Moon Water’, MARS Gallery, Melbourne.
2005 Papier Machine, curator Kirstin Rann, L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, Spacement Gallery, Melbourne.
2004 Peel, Museum de Livre des Artists Contemporain, France.
2004 Peel, Éditions Galilée, Paris.
2002 Milk River, Meru Art Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.
2002 A Small Penance’ Performance, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore.
2002 Ultra sound, 35 minute video by Kasimir Burgess, text and dialogue by Alexander Garcia Duttmann.
2001 The Book of Refused Words, Conservatory, St Kilda Botanical Gardens, Melbourne.
2000 The Four Horizons of the Page, Linden Gallery, Melbourne.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS (since 2000)
2013 Animal culture/Human Culture for ‘The Body” exhibition, Langford 120, Melbourne
2012 Living Everyday by Art, Youkobo Art Space Tokyo, Japan
2012 Seeing Artists Books as Research, curated by Dr Anne Bennett, The Royal Society of Victoria
Heritage Library, Melbourne.
2012 Contemporary Australia Drawing, University of the Arts, London.
2011 Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Lorne, Victoria, Australia
2011 The Telepathy show: the Spanish Apartment curated by Veronica Kent, Australia Council studio, Barcelona.
2011 The Telepathy show curated by Veronica Kent, Westspace Gallery Melbourne.
2011 Revisitation, La Trobe University gallery, Bendigo, Australia.
2010 Whirlwinds, curated by Jane Rendell, Bartlett School of Architecture UCL ,London.
2010 duetto, AEAF /Queens Theatre, Adelaide.
2009 Drought: Cross Cultural Collaborations, Murray Darling Palimpsest, the Vault, Mildura, Australia.
2008 Drought: Cross Cultural Collaborations, with the Writers Festival, Federation Square, Melbourne.
2008 Ship of Fools Ship of Hope’, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne.
2007 This Crazy Love, Linden Gallery, Melbourne.
2007 The Space Between, Margaret Lawrence Gallery VCA, touring exhibition, Melbourne.
2007 Distibution of Organic Beings: the snails, Toorak Invitational Sculpture exhibition, Melbourne.
2005 Making Conditions of Love, MARS Gallery, Melbourne.
2005 Jochen Gertz Die Anthology der Kunst, Akademie der Kunste, Berlin & ZKM, Karlsruhe.
2004 For Nothing, the Bank, Midland, Western Australia.
2004 The Empress’s New Clothes L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival:Port Jackson Press Gallery, Melbourne.
2003 Makers Mark, Counihan Gallery Brunswick Town Hall, Melbourne.
2003 Oblique Shadows, Mornington Peninsula Gallery, Victoria.
2002 Milk River, Meru Art Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.
2002 Shirakawa-go Art Festival, Japan.
2002 Jochen Gertz Anthology of Art http://www.anthology-of-art.net, Centre Pompidou, Paris.
2002 Oblique Shadows, VCA Gallery, Melbourne.
2002 Transit Narratives, Villa Letizia, Italy.
2001 Grounds for Sculpture 1, McClelland Art Gallery, Langwarrin, Victoria.
2001 This Ocean Floor: A sculpture survey’, Goya Galleries, Melbourne.
2001 On the Cross, Linden Gallery, Melbourne, L’Oreal International Fashion Festival, Melbourne.
2000 Oblique Shadows, Sculpture Square, Singapore.
2000 Exquisite Corpse, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria.
GRANTS and RESIDENCIES:
2013 Artist in Residence, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, USA
2013 Artist in Residence, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo, Japan
2012 Artist in Residence, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo, Japan
2010 Research Fellowship, Five Colleges Women’s Research Centre, Mount Holyoke, Massachusetts USA.
2009 Visiting Artist, Sculpture Dept. Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing.
2006-7 French Government (AFAA) 3-month residency, Cite International des Arts, Paris.
2002 Power Institute, Sydney University Scholarship; Australia Council, 6 months Cite des Arts, Paris.
2002 Artist-in-Residence, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore.
SELECTED WRITING, ESSAYS and REVIEWS on Elizabeth Presa
2014 (forthcoming) Anne-Gaëlle Saliot, The Drowned Muse, to be published by Oxford University Press
2013 Carol Schwarzman, critical essay ‘Presence and Non-Presence’
2013 Alexander Garcia Duttmann, catalogue essay ‘The Spirit of the Beehive’ to accompany Apian Utopia’s exhibition, Westspace, Melbourne
2012 Alexander Garcia Duttmann, Screen Test 508 Catalogue ‘In Participation’ .
2010 Lisa Harms, Duetto review , Art Link Vol 30, No3
2010 Alexander Garcia Duttmann, ,‘ Elizabeth and the Peacock’, Interior Castle catalogue, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, ISBN 978-0-98065607-7
2010 Andrew Benjamin, ‘Housing, Souling : Matter’s Force’, Interior Castle catalogue, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, ISBN 978-0-98065607-7
2010 Geoffrey Bennington, Not Half No End, Edinburgh University Press, 2010. p. 165
2010 Andrew Benjamin, Writing Art and Architecture, Re. Press, 2010
2009 Jean-Luc Nancy, ‘L’Atlantide au milieu’ catalogue essay trans. Louise Burchill ISBN: 978-0-646-52275-3
2009 Andrew Benjamin ‘Placing Awaiting Objects’, catalogue essay ISBN: 978-0-646-52275-3
2009 Dimitris Vardoulakis “Beside(s): Elizabeth Presa with Jacques Derrida”, Derrida Today journal, Volume 2.
2009 Andrew Stephens, ‘Poetry Cast in Plaster’ Interview, ‘The Age’ newspaper, A2, October 24
2007 Delia Falconer, Phantasmagoria, Book reviews ‘The Australian’ newspaper, April 7.
2006 Gerald l. Bruns, After Blanchot: Literature, Criticism, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame Philosophical
2006 Gail Jones, A Shape, If Only A Shape, Australian Book Review, August 2006 No. 283
2006 Jean-Luc Nancy, Calculation of the Rainbow, ‘Attention: Fragile’, catalogue essay.
2006 Breath’, photo essay, Mosaic journal, special issue After Derrida, volume 39, number 3
2006 Dimitris Vardoulakis, Critical text for ‘Calculation of the Rainbow’
2005 Andrew Benjamin, ‘There in the Vanishing’ catalogue ISBN 0646451065
2005 Jean-Luc Nancy, ‘Medusa–Jelly’, catalogue ISBN 0646451065
2005 Ian McLean, ‘For Nothing’ Artlink, Vol 25,#1;
2004 Simon Blond “Nothing in the Bank” Arts, Western Australian 24 December.
2004 Domenico de Clario ‘For Nothing’ catalogue, the Bank, Midlands, Perth
2004 Alexander Garçia Düttmann, chapter in Verwisch die Spuren, Berlin: Merve Verlag 2005.
2004 Penny Web, Review ‘Karen Lunn and Elizabeth Presa’ in The Age newspaper, March 17
2003 Julie Chandler Hayes “The Body of the Letter: Epistolary Acts of Simon Hantai, Jean-Luc Nancy, and
Jacques Derrida” University of Richmond, Virginia Muse issue 503/13.3
2003 Japan Cultural Centre Archive Project, Japan Foundation Sydney.
2002 Jochen Gerz’s Anthology of Art http://www.anthology–of-art.net
2001 Jacques Derrida, La Connaissance des Textes, Editions Galilée, pp.155-6
2001 ‘World Sculpture News’, volume 7 number 2 p. 63;
2001 Kevin Hart, ‘Horizons and Folds’ http://www.usyd.edu.au /contretemps. Contretemps: an online journal
of philosophy, February.
2000 Sian E Jay Catalogue ‘Oblique Shadows’
2000 Sian E Jay ‘The Straits Times’, Singapore, ‘ Arts’, 22 November.
2000 Robert Nelson ‘Paper Trail’ Art Review ‘The Age’, 2 August.
2000 Australian Campus Review, 10-16 May.
PUBLICATIONS by Elizabeth Presa
Forthcoming: PRESA.,E.P. ‘Ways of Being’, The Winnicott Tradition: Lines of Development, Eds. Margaret Boyle Sepleman and Frances Thomson-Salo, Karnac Books, London .
PRESA.,E.P. The Evolution of do it, do it the compendium, Eds.,Hans Ulrich Obrist and Kate Fowle, ISBN: 978-1-938922-01-5, pp. 423-436, D.A.P/Distributed at Publishers INC: New York 
PRESA.,E.P. – Matters of Fact, Architectural theory Review, vol. 17 No.1 April 2012. Routledge, pp.134-139.  ISSN 1326-4826
PRESA., E.P. -Breath, Mosaic Journal, “After Derrida”, Vol. 39 No.3 September October, Manitoba University, Canada: pp. 69 –79. 
PRESA., E.P – White Work. Beyond Blanchot: Literature, Criticism, Philosophy’, eds. Leslie Hill, Brian Nelson, Dimitris Vardoulakis, University of Delaware: Pp.257-269. 
PRESA., E.P. – Establishing a Research Culture in a College for the Arts. Innovation in Australian Arts, Media and Design, eds Rod Whissler Brad Hasseman, QUT Press. pp. 171-180. 
PRESA., E.P. -‘He said…’ volume 24 Number 1&2 2005, ISSN 01118889 ‘Access: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies’. Ed. Elizabeth Grierson. Pp.99 
PRESA., E.P.- ‘Diary’ Parallax, Routledge, vol. 9, no.3, Ed. Alexander Garcia Duttmann. pp.69 – 74. 
CONFERENCE PAPERS, GUEST LECTURES
2013 Artist in Residence talk, Pilchuck Glass School, USA.
2013 Floor talk, Westspace Gallery, Melbourne
2013 Floor talk, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo
2011 Freezing Images, The International conference on the Image, San Sebastian, Spain
2011 ‘Post-partum images’ Cunningham Dax Centre for Psychiatric Art, University of Melbourne
2010 ‘Teresa of Avila; materializing an Interior Castle’ Mount Holyoke College Mass, USA.
2009 ‘Making it Visible’ Provosts Summit, University of Melbourne.
2009 ‘Auguste Rodin’ Key Thinkers, University of Melbourne.
2009 Keynote address for ‘Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinary, Post Disciplinary, Art and Education in the
21st Century’ conference and sculpture workshop EWHA Womans University, Seoul, South Korea.
2009 ‘Sewing with Derrida’ National Gallery of Victoria.
2009 ‘Slow Sculpture’ Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing.
2009 ‘Slow Sculpture’ AAH conference, Manchester.
2008 ‘Image and the Sacred: Jean-Luc Nancy’, Out of Bounds: Art,Faith and Religiosity, Monash University
2007 Art Forum, RMIT.
2007 ‘From Day to Day’, ‘Hospitality and Mourning’ conference, University of Queensland.
2007 ‘Work of Mourning’ Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne School of Psychoanalysis.
2007 ‘Sculpting the Mind’ in The Mind in Art, Psychiatry and the Consulting Room conference, Melbourne
School of Psychoanalysis, VCA, Melbourne.
2007 Presentation at Research for Early Career Researchers, University of Melbourne.
2007 Guest lecture PhD Research Programme, Department of Visual; Cultures, Goldsmiths College,
University of London.
2006 ‘Spinoza’s Work’, Wandering with Spinoza Conference, The Victorian College of the Arts.
2005 ‘At the Centre of Ideas?’ Key Note address, Interdisciplinarity in the Arts Conference, Korean National
University of Arts, Seoul, South Korea.
2005 ‘Making White work’ University of Paris VII, Denis Diderot, Paris.
2004 ‘White Work’ Blanchot the Obscure International Conference, Monash University & Alliance Francaise,
2004 White Light. Alliance Magazine, June-August, Alliance Francaise de Melbourne.
2003 ‘Diary: Elizabeth Presa’ Parallax, Routledge, 2003, vol. 9, no. 3, pp.69- 74.
2003 Censorship and Artistic Expression “Snapshot” Arts Management Forum, Melbourne.
2003 Interview commenting upon art as social critique and protest. SBS Radio.
2002 Artist’s floor talk, Meru Art, Brooklyn, NY, USA.
2002 ‘Pedagogy and the Arts’, Public lecture, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore.
2002 Interview, commenting on the role of an education in the Arts, Radio, Singapore, 11 January 5.30pm.
2002 ‘Forming texuality’, lecture, LaSalle SIA, Singapore.
2002 ‘Installation as art practice’, seminar ‘Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore.
2001 ‘Four Horizons of the Page’, lecture, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. USA.
2001 Four Horizons of the Page’, lecture, Purchase College SUNY, NY. USA.
2000 ‘Poetics of the Book in Sculpture’ lecture, National Academy of Fine Art, Singapore.
2000 ‘Derrida and the Poetics of translation’ Monash University, Australia.
2000 Artists floor talk, ‘The Four Horizons of the Page’ Linden Gallery, Melbourne.
1999 Together with Jacques Derrida, interview by Lyn Gallagher, PM, Radio National, 10 August.
1999 Lecture, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY; lecture Purchase College, State University of New York.
CONFERENCES, PROJECTS AND EXHIBITIONS convened and curated:
2012 Animals in Art and Philosophy symposium with Peter Singer, Andrew Benjamin and Raimond Gaita.
2009 ‘Paul Cox, Miracle Maker’, VCAM, University of Melbourne.
2009 ‘do it’: the Philosophy archive, with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Susan Hewitt and Sandie Bridie, The George Paton
Gallery University of Melbourne.
2009 Journey to the Surface of the Earth , with Elliot Howard, Domain House Royal Botanic Gardens,
2008 ‘do it’ with Hans Ulrich Obrist, and students from the Central Academy of Fine Art
Beijing, Alliance Francais de Melbourne.
2007 ‘do it’ with Hans Ulrich Obrist, VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery Melbourne.
2006 ‘Wandering with Spinoza’ conference, with Dimitris Vardoulakis. Key Note speakers Alain Badiou
Thomas Hirschhorn, Mieke Bal, Andrew Benjamin, Alexander Garcia Duttmann, Christopher Norris.
2005 Making Conditions of Love, exhibition MARS Gallery, Port Melbourne.
2004 White Light, exhibition Blanchot the Obscure Conference, Monash Univ & Alliance Francaise, Melbourne.
2003 The Art of Protest, Symposium, BMW Edge Theatre Federation Square, with Julian Burside, Jill Singer,
Bishop Hilton Deakin, Dr Tony Birch.
2000 The Poetics of the Book, interdisciplinary project with VCA students and international artists, academics:
Dr. Catherine Malabou (Paris); Dr Yau Suchou (Singapore/Sydney); Kevin Hart (Melb); Domenico
DeClario (Brazil/Melb); Bernard Muir (UoM).
1999 Blowing Glas, Jacques Derrida Prize and Exhibition, VCA Gallery, Melbourne. With Jacques Derrida, Kevin
Hart, Mike Parr & Janet Burchill.
1997 Art and Reconciliation, symposium, Melbourne Festival. Speakers: Colin Tatz, Henry Reynolds,
Joy Murphy, Raimond Gaita, Philip Morrissey, Bishop Hilton Deakin, and Senator Margaret Reynolds.
1997 Originality, Dependence and Deceit, symposium VCA University of Melbourne. Speakers: Peter Steele
Alexander Garcia Düttmann, Paul Thom, Kevin Hart, Vivienne Johnson.
1997 Patronage and the Arts, VCA symposium. Speakers: Margaret Manion, Mike Parr, Patrick McCaughey,
Bill Kent, Judith Ryan.