Mardi Nowak

Curating You

Fox Galleries is proud to present Curating You by Mardi Nowak.

Mardi Nowak is a Melbourne based artist and curator and is currently the Director of the National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS Victoria).

Curating You continues Nowak’s ongoing investigation of translating paper-based collage into woven tapestry. There is a disjunction between the two media; collage is fast and immediate, tapestry slow and technical. Nowak has created a work methodology where a small paper-based collage is then enlarged via large scale copying and then translated into tapestry form. She works across the original image, photocopy and now, digital images – taking imperfections and elements from all into the final work.

The source of the collage fragments is often fashion magazines, combined with personal photos taken via iphone. We view an ongoing stream of images and information instructing us how we should live our life. From ‘curating’ in Pinterest, magazine articles instructing how to create your perfect room to apps to make our selfies look better – Nowak is curious of how we show our real self in a time poor society. Nowak enjoys the contradiction of translating a perfect airbrushed image into a more pixelated tapestry version. Transferring flat and smooth into textured cloth, these contradictions aim to question our sense of self as we navigate the modern world today.


2003    Masters Fine Art (Research) Monash University
1999    BFA Honours, Monash University
1998    BFA Tapestry, Monash University


2018 Conceal / Reveal, Fitzroy Library, City of Yarra, Australia
2013 Sampler, Handheld Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2011 Piecework (with Adrian Conti), Tacit Contemporary Art, Abbotsford, Australia


Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award, (shortlisted artist), Wangaratta Art Gallery, Australia
Google Weaving Stop-time, Atelier Luma, Arles, France
Google Weaving Stop-time, Z33, Hasselt, Belgium

Google Weaving Stop-time, 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, Salt Galata, Istanbul Turkey

Return Flight EDI>MEL, Numbershop Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
Return Flight MEL>EDI, Federation Square Atrium, Melbourne, AU


2019 Finalist, Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award
2019 Residency Sofia, Bulgaria
2018 City of Boroondara Creative Grant
2007 Finalist for Off the Wall, Melbourne 2007
2003 Monash University Travel Grant for Research in New York
2002 Monash Faculty of Art & Design, Masters Research Scholarship

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