ELAINE CAMPANER


Elaine Campaner photographs transient dioramas of found objects. She plays with the spatial relationships between objects, discovering evocative connections, visual illusions and conceptual complexity. Her work often represents certain types of environmental and political imagery that ‘seeps’ into the artist’s domestic life. Potent symbols and forms re-emerge in the miniature world of everyday things: control towers in coffee pots, cooling towers in saltshakers.

Campaner compares her photography to painting, explaining that the object merely replaces the brush. Her eye and imaginative powers are focused on the formal qualities and metaphorical possibilities of objects, and the ways in which they might interact ‘to make an image with its own internal visual coherence and narrative.’ 

Elaine Campaner studied at the Sydney College of the Arts and graduated with Honours in 1999. She has held several solo shows in Sydney and New Zealand. Selected group shows include Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane?, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, 2015; Remain in Light: Photography from the MCA Collections, touring exhibition, 2014; Object-shift, Objectspace, Auckland, 2014; Volume One: MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 2012-2013; Home Sweet Home: The Peter Fay Collection, National Gallery of Australia, 2003.

Campaner is represented in the collections of Art Bank, Art Gallery of NSW, Deutsche Bank, Macquarie Group Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, National Gallery of Australia, NRMA, Sydney City Council, University of Sydney, University of Wollongong and Hawkesbury One Collective.

 

selected works

ELAINE CAMPANER
Viewing Lounge 2016
pure pigment inks on 100% cotton rag
55 × 83 cm

ELAINE CAMPANER
Lake 2017
pure pigment inks on 100% cotton rag
55 × 83 cm

ELAINE CAMPANER
Precipice 2017
pure pigment inks on 100% cotton rag
55 × 83 cm

ELAINE CAMPANER
Electricity Pole 2017
pure pigment inks on 100% cotton rag
26 × 31.5 cm

ELAINE CAMPANER
Water Cooling Towers (autumn) 2017
pure pigment inks on 100% cotton rag
55 × 83 cm


EXHIBITIONS


news

ELAINE CAMPANER is a finalist in the Bowness Photography Prize with Lake 2017, pure pigment inks on cotton rag, 55 × 83 cm. Monash Gallery of Art, 14 Oct – 26 Nov 2017

 
 

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