Artist Statement

The concept of The Commodification of Imagination relates to the often held desire to consume and enjoy foreign products and ideas. It can also pertain to the adaptation of foreign technology and practices. Petra Svoboda’s sculptures reference Japanese popular culture, examine the commodification of imagination and the influence of this in street art and design.

Petra’s practice explores the rising popularity of Anime, Manga (comics), designer toys, and computer games, and how they propel a powerful merchandising machine which generates superfluous amounts of objects often marketed as “collectable”.  The inflatable form is presented as a metaphor for the superficial lightness of commercial merchandising. The transformed inflatable object also situates itself firmly in the realm of illusion and chimera, connecting itself with the fantasy genre of computer games, animation, and film. There is not only an allusion to play throughout the installation, but also a play on the senses through the apparent metamorphosis of the original plastic objects.

 

Education

2008 – 2010

Master of Visual Art, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney

2007 – 2008 
TAA40104 Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training  

1998 - 2002 
Bachelor of Fine Arts/Hons, The National Art School, Darlinghurst

1995 – 1997 
Bachelor of Art Theory & History, The College of Fine Arts, Paddington

Artistic Experience

Solo Exhibitions

2001 
New Ceramics by Petra Svoboda, Mura Clay Gallery, Newtown

2001 
Osmosis, The Innercity Clayworkers Gallery, Glebe

Joint Exhibitions

2011 
Cultural Diffusion, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney

2011 
The Commodification of Imagination, Artereal Gallery, Rozelle

2005 
Interwoven Tales – Ceramics by Petra Svoboda, Kirsty Walker, Pru Morrison, 

2002 
New Ceramics – Petra Svoboda and Joanne Searle, Mura Clay Gallery, Newtown

Selected Exhibitions

2012 
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Double Bay, Sydney

2012 
Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Sydney

2011 
Insitu: Sculpture Exhibition, Mosman, Sydney

2011 
Hidden: A Sculpture Trail, Rookwood Cemetery, NSW

2011 
Art Hamptons USA with Arteria Gallery, Montreal

2011 
Sculpture 2011, Global Gallery, Paddington

2010 
Sydney Art Fair, Australia

2010 
Sculpture in the Gaol, South West Rocks, NSW

2010 & 2011 
Sculpture in the Vineyards, Hunter Valley, NSW

2010 
Finalist – Emerging Artist Awards, Walker Street Gallery, Victoria

2010 
Sculpture Now!?!, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Victoria

2010 
Finalist - Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award, Gold Coast City Gallery

2010 
Finalist - The Travelling Scholarship, Noosa Regional Gallery

2010 
Finalist – Mount Eyre Art Prize, Rex-Livingston Gallery, Darlinghurst

2010 - 2012 
Toorak Sculpture Exhibition, Toorak, Victoria

2010 
Monstrosity, Monstrosity Gallery, Woolloomooloo, Sydney

2009 
Porcelain Biennale, Porsgrunn, Norway

2008 
Bara en Kopp, Formagruppen Gallery, Sweden

2008 & 2009 
Utility: Design Exhibition, Sydney College of the Arts

2007 - 2012 
Transferring the Image II, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown

2003 
Future Function, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Manly

2001 
Talente 2001, Design Fair, Munich, Germany

Residencies

2009              
The International Ceramic Research Centre, Denmark

2009 
The National Academy of Arts, Oslo, Norway

2005 
Antarctica, Quark Expeditions

 

 

 

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