Lauren Simmonds’ practice crosses drawing, sculpture, installation, choreography and performance. She often uses her body as a medium to traverse these artforms. Previous works have taken the form of immersive kinetic installations that are part performance, part anthropological study and part sculpture.
Lauren works with everyday materials, which she activates in playful ways to change their inherent qualities. She works with unpredictability and chance to challenge and push her body and her ideas beyond their perceived capacity, thus transmuting their original form. By relinquishing control in her work she aims to reach a place of neutrality and collaboration. This process is assisted by working with ephemeral and fragile materials, such as light, paper, plastics and other natural and man-made items.
Lauren’s practice encompasses themes of mysticism, symbolism, energy and biological rhythms. These form together to conceptualise the invisible forces of our inner and outer worlds.
Performance enables Lauren to embody her works and immerse her audience in her constructed, seemingly ritualistic environments. This allows her to engage directly with her audience as participants, facilitating greater changes in immersion and connection.
CV: Lauren Simmonds
Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.
2000 – 2002 Bachelor of Contemporary Art (Visual Arts) Deakin University
Solo Exhibitions and Performances
2021 Contemplations on Perspective, Five Walls, Footscray, Melbourne
2016 Unseen, Metanoia, Brunswick, Melbourne
2016 Love Spectrum, Love/City III Planetary Festival, Testing Grounds, Melbourne
2016 Equilibria, Korpúlfsstaðir, Reykjavik, Iceland
2014 Flashlight, Dancehouse, Carlton, Melbourne. Melbourne Fringe Festival.
2013 The new forest, Seventh, Fitzroy, Melbourne.
2012 Point of Departure, Kings ARI, Melbourne.
2012 Transfigure exhibition and opening performance, Blindside ARI, Melbourne
2011 Paper cuts, Peat’s Ridge Festival, Glenworth Valley, NSW
2010 Skin & Bone, ARS at the Napier, Fitzroy, Melbourne.
2010 What do you believe in, Trocadero Artspace, Footscray, Melbourne.
2017 Tabula Rasa II, with Briony Barr, TW Fine Art, Brisbane, Australia
2016 Together//Apart, with Myfanwy Alderson, Conduit Arts, Fitzroy, Melbourne
2016 Chrysalis Lounge, Hotel Obscura and Triage, FOLA, Artshouse, Melbourne
2015 House of Wisdom, with David Cross and Jem Noble, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, South Bank, Melbourne
2015 Tabula Rasa, with Briony Barr, North Island, Fitzroy, Melbourne
2013 Soundpaper, Ros Bandt, Natalia Mann & Lauren Simmonds, Library Art Space, Fitzroy.
2008 One thing after another, Dance & Sculpture project: Dancehouse, Carlton.
2007 Mysteries of the Convent: Abbotsford Covent, Melbourne. (Performer)
2006 Dance: Adorn, Art Wear: Manningham Gallery, Melbourne. (Performer)
2006 Dance: Eggshells & Bodysongs: Deakin University, Melbourne. (Performer)
2022 Sculpture Scape, Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Lorne, Victoria (Finalist)
2021 Montalto Sculpture Prize, Red Hill, Victoria (Finalist)
2021 Trails, This is Portland, Portland, Victoria
2016 In The Making, SIM Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland
2016 Gertrude Street Projection Festival, Fitzroy, Melbourne
2014 What’s your Recipe?, St Heliers Street Gallery, Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford, Melbourne
2014 Your Shout, Upstairs at the Napier, Fitzroy, Melbourne.
2013 Reframed, Upstairs at the Napier, Fitzroy, Melbourne
2011 Artrecycle, Incinerator Art Complex, Mooney Valley, Melbourne
2011 Kodak Salon, CCP, North Fitzroy Melbourne.
2009 Into the Red, Guildford Lane Gallery, Melbourne Fringe Festival.
2008 Pervasive Dissent. Counihan Gallery In Brunswick, Brunswick.
2007 Don’t call me a domestic Goddess: MARS Gallery, Port Melbourne.
2007 Linden Postcard Show, Linden Gallery, St Kilda
2006 Leave it Red, Exhibition, Per Square Meter Gallery, Collingwood.
2005 Self Portrait Exhibition and Prize, Artholes Gallery, North Fitzroy
2005 A4 Art, Exhibition, Westspace Gallery, Melbourne.
2003 Shimma, Aural Geography, 45 Downstairs Gallery, (Melbourne International Jazz Festival).
2013 Sound & Vision, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
2011 Reclaim and Sustain, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick, Melbourne.
2010 Fuse, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick, Melbourne.
Grants/Awards/Residencies & Mentorships
2022 Winner, Sculpture Scape Award, Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Victoria
2020/21 The Quarry Projects, Residency, Beech Forest, Victoria
2020 Test Sites online, Testing Ground and City of Melbourne
2018 Time Place Space: Nomad, Residency, Artshouse, Melbourne.
2017 Room to Move, Dancehouse, Melbourne, Australia
2017 Creative Victoria, Artist in Schools recipient
2016 Yanira Castro (USA) Residency, Dancehouse, Melbourne, Australia
2016 SIM Artist Residency, Reykjavik, Iceland
2015 Hotel Obscura Lab, Triage live art Collective, FOLA, Artshouse, Melbourne
2014 Live Art Camp, Artshouse, North Melbourne, Australia
2014 NAVA – Australian Artist Grant for Flashlight
2013 Mentorship with Jill Orr, Australian performance artist
2013 City of Yarra: Small project grant for The New Forest
2013 NAVA – Australian Artist Grant for Sound & Vision
2012 Moreland City Council – Project Grant for Sound & Vision
2012 Australia Council, new work c/o Blindside for Transfigure
2011 Takt Kunstprojektraum – Artist Residency Berlin, Germany
2010 City of Yarra: Out of Time Grant for Skin & Bone
2014 What’s your Recipe? Exhibition, Kids’ Own Publishing, Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford
2014 Tidal Rhythms, Set design, Sydney Myer Music Bowl, Arts Centre. Multicultural Arts Victoria
2013 Crackle, participatory performance work with children, Artplay, City of Melbourne, Victoria
Elyssia Bugg, A Glorious Revelation of the Unseen, Real Time issue #133 June-July 2016
Caroline Schelle, Performance artist reveals the unseen at profound exhibit, Moreland Leader, 4 July, 2016.
Jordan Beth Vincent, Flash/Girl, The Age & The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 September 2014
Ariele Hoffman, Picture Skew, Our Tangible Sound – a review of ‘Sound and Vision,’ 24 April, 2013
Dan Rule, Arts & Entertainment, In the Galleries, The Age pg 5, March 16 2013
Penny Web, The Melbourne Magazine, The Age, No 100, March 2013
Maura Edmonds, Sound & Vision, Time Out, No 15, March 2013
Jillian Farrar, Transfigure, catalogue essay, May 30 2012
Beverly Johnston, Pattern of Simplicity, The Age, Saturday July 5 2010
Dylan Rainforth, What On: The Arts, The Age, Friday June 4 2010
Anthea Cannon, ‘Footscray Exhibit Strung together‘, Marbyrnong Leader, Tuesday 30 March 2011