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ArtsForum - Malcom Bywaters


House and Home - Building Space

Start Date

4 Oct 2012 12:30 pm

End Date

4 Oct 2012 1:30 pm


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House and Home - Building Space

For the past twenty years Malcom Bywaters has worked as an artist, gallery director, exhibition curator and lecturer in the TAFE and University sectors. He was appointed as the Academy Gallery Director, University of Tasmania, Launceston, in 2002.

Bywaters most recent exhibition and his PhD submission, titled House and home was shown in July 2012 at the Geelong Art Gallery, Geelong, Victoria. House and home explores the relationship between memory, childhood and home. Malcom Bywaters grew up on a farm in the Western District of Victoria. His most vivid childhood memory was as an eight year old, when a Gypsy Tiger Moth biplane landed in the family's top paddock. As Bywaters explains, "It was love at first sight, and I eagerly accepted the offer from the pilot of a flight around the farm." Stretching over four metres in length, the biplane sculpture, titled Finding home, is made from plywood and a range of mixed media including pulped artist’s books and drawings from various artist residencies, colour paper, buttons, plastic and other mementos from Bywaters’ studio and home. Paintings also adorn the panels on the wing structure as well as underneath the cockpit seat. Memories are reclaimed and both the artist and the machine are metaphorically united - as one becomes an expression of the other. For Bywaters the sculpture’s cockpit is a self-portrait, which serves as ‘a memory portal’. House and home, the exhibition will be exhibited at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in October 2012.

House and Home – Building Space will review Bywaters sculptural practice beginning in 1984 and ending with the 2012 Geelong exhibition. Since 1989 Bywaters has held sixteen solo exhibitions and exhibited in numerous group shows. His works are held in the collections of Artbank, Bundanon Trust, Ballarat University, Camberwell Grammar, Scotch Oakburn College and Wesley College. Bywaters has a Diploma of Fine Art, Ballarat University; a Graduate Diploma, Victorian College of the Arts; and a Masters Degree from RMIT. He is presently waiting on the outcome of his PhD submission researching the house and home in contemporary Australian visual culture at The University of Melbourne.

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image credit: Malcom Bywaters, Finding home, 2012, plywood and mixed media, 120 x 400 x 420cm