Georgia Saxelby is an interdisciplinary artist whose research-driven practice investigates the relationship between art, architecture, ritual and cultural meaning. Her practice engages with issues of public social space, collective ritual behavior and sacred space in both ancient and contemporary cultures. Georgia creates ephemeral, transitory experiences and spaces in which her audience are invited to perform, and in doing so, destroy the artwork. The artist is concerned with creating new modes of exchange value and facilitating moments of collectivity in which audiences must negotiate between symbolic objects and each other. Two of her recent interactive installations were chosen for the Blake Prize, Australia’s oldest and one of its most prestigious art prizes.

Hailing from Sydney, Georgia is currently based in New York. She works at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the art and architecture studio that designed the High Line. Having recently been awarded the Freedman Foundation Traveling Scholarship, she is currently undertaking a mentorship with landscape architect Julia Watson. A Professor at Columbia University, Julia’s design and research collaborative, Studio Rede, specializes in the conservation of spiritually-significant Indigenous sites and the relationship between cultural and ecological design.

 

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