Talitha Kennedy was born in Melbourne, Victoria and was based in Darwin, Northern Territory from 2005 – 2013. In 2011 she completed Master by Research in Visual Art at Charles Darwin University, and was the NT recipient of the 2011 Qantas Foundation Encouragement of Australian Contemporary Art Award.
Her artistic practice examines the human relationship with wild nature. Living in the tropics has resulted in direct and tangible influence on her art. Drawings and sculptures interpret the aesthetics of fecundity and the tension between human culture and natural forces.
Talitha Kennedy predominately works with black leather making soft sculpture and installation that explore the necessary death of things to create the new.
Recent exhibition highlights include:
– ‘Botany of the Heart’, solo exhibition, Nomad Art, Darwin, 2014
– ‘Pervasive Flesh’, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin, 2014
– ‘Hand Held Lands’, solo exhibition, Nomad Art, Darwin, 2013
– ‘Thing Show’, group show curated by Benjamin Leslie, Fontanelle, Adelaide, 2013
– ‘Mobile Art Project: Art on Wheels’, Darwin, 2012
– ‘TogArt Contemporary Art Award’, Chan Contemporary Art Space, Darwin, 2012
– ‘Tricky Terrain’ exhibition and residency at Darwin Visual Arts Association Inc (DVAA), Darwin, 2012
– ‘A homemaker’s guide to the Wilderness’, Master of Arts exhibition, Nan Giese Gallery, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, 2011
Talitha recently traveled through Northern Australia, Europe and America assisting at Documenta 13 in Germany and a studio residency in New York City US. She now lives and works in Sydney.