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Debbie Symons, Artist Case Study

Debbie Symons, Artist Case Study

Debbie Symons > Biography

Debbie Symons is a Melbourne-based artist whose practice explores important environmental issues with particular emphasis on endangered species. Debbie completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Victoria College (Prahran), where she specialised in painting and printmaking. In 2013, she completed a PhD Anthropocentrism, Endangered Species and the Environmental Dilemma, at Monash University. Her work is greatly informed by her own belief that humans need to reassess their interactions with the environment or risk further damage and loss of species. Debbie was the recipient of the inaugural Linden Art Prize (MARS) Gallery Prize, 2014. She exhibited at Linden again as part of Innovators 2, 2014 and Linden Projects: Atmosphere, 2015. Her recent exhibitions include The Catchments Project, Creative Spaces: Carlton Connect Studio (2015), Amazonia, [MARS] Gallery (2015) and The Politics of Perception, Latrobe Regional Gallery (2015). Debbie was a member of the interdisciplinary team that developed The River Derwent Heavy Metals Project at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). Throughout her career, Debbie has also exhibited at Federation Square’s Urban Screen, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Trocadero Art Space; Craft Victoria; RMIT Gallery and Shifted Gallery. Debbie’s work, Counting One to Four: Nature morte, was most recently shown at the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza – ‘The Gateway to the United Nations’, in New York City as part of the exhibition, A View from the Cloud. Find out more about Debbie > HERE


Debbie Symons > Case Study

Exhibiting at Linden New Art has ‘significantly contributed to my exhibition profile; broadened my audience reach and raised my profile in the general art community and with curators from other leading contemporary galleries,’ says Debbie. Since Debbie’s first exhibition with Linden, she feels her artist profile has grown.'I have had my research featured in ArtLink Magazine, successfully applied and completed a residency with the City of Melbourne at Carlton Connect Studio, completed a major regional gallery exhibition and have exhibited a work that was first shown in Linden’s Atmosphere exhibition in New York City.'

Debbie believes that winning the Linden Art Prize provided her with a fantastic opportunity to work with a commercial gallery. Debbie created a new work titled Amazonia, for her [MARS] exhibition. The [MARS] gallery opening/artist talk event was extremely well attended with an audience of over 150 people. Andy Dinan, Founder of [MARS] was great to work with as she provided significant media support for the exhibition and promoted the work through her vast network. Amazonia, was exhibited again a few months later at Latrobe Regional Gallery.

Debbie says, the gallery spaces of Linden are unique, and although her work did not directly respond to the architecture, she enjoys the beautiful natural light filled rooms. She also appreciates that the gallery is located in the busy suburb of St Kilda. Debbie’s work is experimental and throughout her experiences at Linden, she felt the staff supported innovative work that pushed the boundaries. 'The Linden staff were generous with their advice regarding expanding artistic practise and exhibition profile within the industry. The Linden installation crew were also helpful with technical issues.' Debbie says for her one of the most important things about working with Linden New Art was, ‘working with staff who were incredibly supportive and want to see you succeed. They were happy to share their wealth of knowledge regarding applying for grants, residencies and installation techniques. I am yet to find another gallery team that are so enthusiastic and supportive of emerging artists.’

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