Lives and works, Los Angeles
(b. Australia)


Education


University of NSW Art & Design, Australia
2018    Master’s Degree, Art

Central Institute of Technology, Australia
2004    Associate's Degree, Animation

ual: University of the Arts (formerly London College of Printing), UK
1991    Undergraduate Degree, Graphic Design


Exhibitions


2024    Launch LA, YOU ARE (solo show), Los Angeles, USA
2024    Aesthetica Art Prize 2024, Longlist Artist, York, UK
2023    Institut für Alles Mögliche – YOU ARE (solo show), Berlin, Germany

2022    Launch LA – Neon at La Cienega + West Third, Los Angeles, USA
2022    Vivid Light Festival – Neon collaboration with author, Chelsea Watego, Sydney, Australia
2022    Brea Gallery – 37th Made in California (group show), Finalist, Los Angeles, USA
2022    Shockboxx Gallery – Regulated Garbage (group show), Los Angeles, USA

2022    Artshare LA – There from Here (group show), Los Angeles, USA
2021    Brea Gallery – 36th Made in California (group show), Finalist, Los Angeles, USA
2021    Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre – The 66th Blake Prize, Finalist, Sydney, Australia
2020    Shockboxx Gallery – Minimalism (group show), Los Angeles, USA
2020    Launch LA Gallery – neon installations on outer building, Los Angeles, USA
2020    Shockboxx Gallery – Word (group show), Los Angeles, USA
2020    Gallery 825 – Penumbra (group show), Los Angeles, USA
2019    M16 Artspace – Drawing Prize, Finalist, Canberra, Australia
2019    Gallery 825 – Applied Science (group show), Los Angeles, USA
2019    Center for Contemporary Art – Finalist, Therefore I Am, Orange County, USA
2018    Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre – The 65th Blake Prize, Finalist, Sydney, Australia
2018    Center for Contemporary Art – Music for your Eyes, Finalist, Orange County, USA
2017    UNSW Art & Design – Annual 17 (group show), Sydney, Australia
2017    Los Angeles Center for Digital Art – Electron Salon (group show), Los Angeles, USA
2017    Gaffa Gallery – Off Site (group show), Sydney, Australia


Residencies


2023    3 month artist residency, Institut für Alles Mögliche, Berlin, Germany


Awards


2017    UNSW Art & Design, Sculpture & Installation Award


Gough’s contemporary art practice links elements from drawing, painting, sculpture, and light-based media into a practice that unearths and visualizes connections between people and their environment. Investigating ideas around our very existence and our ‘place in space,’ while exploring existential concepts of geometry as a universal language and Gestalt theories of our relationship with nature and the cosmos – and in particular, how we as individuals contribute to the energy that connects us.

Her art practice draws from years of experience as a designer. In the late 80’s, she moved to London (from Australia) to undertake design studies at The London College of Printing (now ual:). These were formative years, from which her love of typography, minimalist design and an introduction to Bauhaus aesthetics became the foundation of her 30 year design practice and where threads can be seen in her current day art practice.

An opportunity for a 6 month traditional animation traineeship at the Disney Studios in Sydney in 2005 was pivotal in her conceptual thinking. In hand drawn animation, a sequence of still drawings are presented linearly, over time, to create the ‘illusion of life’ when viewed sequentially. It was here that she started to think deeply about the illusion of time (ourselves) flowing continuously from past to present and into the future.

Her more recent Master of Art studies at the University of NSW Art & Design in Sydney encouraged a fusion of traditional art school subjects such as drawing and painting – with current technologies such as 3D printing and spatial computing (AR). This was the perfect environment for her to bring the depth of her technology driven design practice into her art work.

She has exhibited in the United States, Germany and Australia – where her work has been included in the 65th & 66th Blake Prize and the Sydney VIVID Light Festival, along with achievements such as the UNSWA&D Sculpture & Installation Award. Recent exhibitions in Los Angeles include: Made in California group shows, outer building neon installations and sculptural neon installations in the Los Angeles Miracle Mile district. A three month Berlin residency in 2023 concluded with a solo exhibit and her recent solo show in Los Angeles was featured in Curate LA’s ‘This Week’s Must See Art’ member news.

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