Teelah George

Born 1984 in Perth
Lives and works in Melbourne

Teelah George employs archives and collections as a point of departure and questioning within her practice, drawing on the parallel ambiguities between historical record and visual art.

George’s work is held in several significant national collections including The Art Gallery of Western Australia; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; Artbank; Monash University; The Cruthers Collection of Womens Art; and The University of Western Australia. Recent projects include The boxer. Is the lover with the flower. Is the naked motif, Gallery 9, Sydney (2020); House Arrest, Neon Parc, Melbourne (2020), Here and Now: Material Culture, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth (2019); The Weight, Neon Parc (2019); and Primavera 2017: Young Australian Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney (2017).



Sky Piece, falling (Melbourne, Perth), 2020-21
thread, linen, bronze
340.0 x 340.0 x 100.0 cm (variable)
Courtesy the artist and Neon Parc, Melbourne and Gallery 9, Sydney

Laboriously stitched by hand, Sky Piece, falling (Melbourne, Perth) (2020–21), is the largest piece to date in an ongoing series of works by Teelah George that employ the methods and materials of embroidery and bronze in an attempt to represent the omnipresent, yet unfathomable, sky.

Made over many months in studios in both Perth and Melbourne, Sky Piece, falling (Melbourne, Perth) has been partially bleached through time spent outside beneath the late summer Perth sun. These material changes caused from exposure to natural light speak both to the unique quality and harsh nature of the Western Australian sun, as well as to the artist’s ongoing interest in material vulnerabilities and ideas of representation, labour and time.

This project has been funded by the Western Australian Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.