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 participate. 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 presented as finalists in the Blake Prize, Australia’s oldest and one of its most prestigious art prizes. They were the first performative works ever chosen in the prize’s history.
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 been awarded the Freedman Foundation Traveling Scholarship
, she is currently undertaking a mentorship with Columbia University Professor and landscape architect Julia Watson, whose practice Studio Rede
specializes in the conservation of sacred landscapes and the relationship between culture and ecology. Georgia has recently been awarded two prominent art grants, The Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant
and the Copyright Agency IGNITE Career Fund Grant
, to undertake a series of overseas mentorships and residencies related to her research of sacred spaces. She has also recently been awarded an Artist Fellowship at the Halycon Arts Lab
, an organisation aiming to fund artists whose work deals with social change.
To contact Georgia directly, email georgia.saxelby[at]gmail.com