Regionality: EYE University Award Exhibition
At the end of 2022, Testing Grounds and The Projects awarded three graduating students from regional Victoria a 12-week mentorship. The mentorships were awarded to students who had demonstrated a solid capacity to forge a career in the creative industries and could benefit from further creative and professional development. The EYE University Award, valued at $10,000 of in-kind support, is awarded to recent graduating bachelors and honours students from the following institutions: Deakin University, Geelong; La Trobe University, Bendigo; and Federation University, Gippsland.
Samantha Taylor (she/her) is a Singaporean-Australian artist living, learning, and creating on Wadawurrung land. Her practice considers the role of affect in relation to identity politics through diaristic text, performative gestures, and objects. Samantha’s application of archival methodologies preserves intergenerational exchange of cultural knowledge—initially, as a Singaporean-Australian daughter and now, as a mother herself.
Samantha completed a Bachelor of Design Arts (Visual Art) through Lasalle College International Melbourne (2020), and a First-Class Honours degree in Creative Arts from Deakin University (2021). She has exhibited across Geelong, Melbourne and internationally in Singapore. In 2021, Samantha was selected for the inaugural artist-led exchange and digital residency between Platform Arts, Geelong and Laselle College of the Arts, Singapore. In the same year, she co-founded the virtual platform ‘GG Connected’ through her position as digital trainee with Geelong Gallery.
Molly Berry is an Australian artist originating from rural Gippsland whose central focus revolves around the human-technology relationship and its long-term impacts on our collective visual media literacy. As an emerging artist, Berry has spent the last five years during her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) study exploring the sophisticated social media platforms and the internet subcultures hosted on them.
By harnessing satire and irony to present low-resolution films and printed imagery containing 2000s era GIFs, text-to-speech generators and MS paint backgrounds, Berry reflects upon the internet’s insidious but comical role in how we perceive, obtain and comprehend information. They find it essential to understand our placement in this digitally saturated climate within the ‘remix era’ that we currently occupy.
Annelise Henderson is a multidisciplinary artist based in Bendigo. Through her artistic practice, she is interested in exploring hybridity between digital and analogue art forms. She is currently co-running a pop-up ARI project in Hargreaves Mall called Rookie and is planning to complete her Honours degree in Creative Arts at La Trobe in 2023.