Naomi Eller is a Melbourne artist who makes sculpture inspired by nature, myth and the human condition, translating our complex states and feelings into visual form. Like her earlier works, these sculptural installations focus on our personal discourse and the external factors that play a part in our construction and destruction.
Titled Single-hole weight…plugged, the works are comprised largely of forms that reference our being, our inner self and to the stone anchors of antiquity. Representing and encapsulating the continuity of our atavistic selves and the sense of heaviness and weight that is often omnipresent in our dialogues. The opening, single perforations, are often accompanied by a series of ‘plugs’ that take the form of functional and non-functional tools. The openings can be filled with these optional insertions that can act as both aids and blockages.
Naomi Eller was born in Melbourne, Australia where she currently lives and works. 2016 Australian Council Grant for CRETA Rome residency. She has had numerous solo exhibitions in Melbourne, including the Heide Museum of Modern Art, 2015; Tristian Koenig 2014; Chapterhouse Lane, 2014; The Alderman, 2013; c3 Contemporary Art Space, Abbotsford Convent, 2012; The fates at play, DEATH BE KIND, 2011. Selected group exhibitions include: Caves, Substation, Melbourne, 2017: Misshaped Head, Neon Parc, Melbourne, 2017, Setouchi Triennale; Fukutake House, Shodoshima, Japan, 2016; Switchback Gallery, Gippsland, Caves, Melbourne, 2016; Caves, Nicholas Building, Melbourne, 2016; Faux Museum, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, 2014; SMALLpieces, Northcote Pottery, Melbourne, 2014; Platform Art Space, Melbourne, 2013; The Collector’s Edition, DEATH BE KIND, Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne, 2012; The rest is silence, DEATH BE KIND, Melbourne, 2011.
Work held in collections in Japan, Italy and Australia including James Mollison collection, The National Gallery of Victoria collection.