Carly Scoufos, Confluence, 2010. AECOM Brisbane Offices, woven bronze wire, dimensions variable. Photo: Sam Scoufos
Carly Scoufos, Continuum (Detail), Foyer Sculpture, Infinity Tower, 2013. Photo: Sam Scoufos
Carly Scoufos, Accumulation on White, 2007, Synthetic polymer and charcoal on paper, 450 x 250 cm. Photo: Sam Scoufos
Carly Scoufos, Unstable Surface Tension, 2006. Woven galvanised wire, 400 x 200 x 300 cm. Photo: Sam Scoufos
Carly Scoufos was born in 1982 in Jandowae and currently lives and works in Brisbane, Queensland. She has completed fine art studies in both California, USA and in Australia, her most recent qualification being a Bachelor of Fine Art with First Class Honours from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. In the last ten years she has been the recipient of over 20 awards and prizes.
Carly’s sculptural and contemporary installation based practice focuses on bridging elements of the mechanistic and industrial to the organic patterns of growth and decay. Her work explores the translation of abstract and fleeting moments within fluid phenomena, into woven constructions of industrial wire. This process parallels textile traditions in which single strands of fibre are interwoven to create structure and define space. She says of her work:
“The woven technique I utilise has associations with traditional textile processes such as needlework, lace making and knitting, in which single strands of fibre are interwoven to create structure and define space. Within my work however the ‘fibre’ or ‘thread’ used is fencing wire and its properties are untraditionally rigid, sharp and unforgiving, therefore juxtaposing the femininity of domestic techniques and the notion of the ‘handmade’ to the use of industrial and farming materials.
After graduating in 2007, Carly was awarded the Queensland Art Gallery’s 2008 Melville Haysom Memorial Art Scholarship and exhibited in QAG’s Watermall Café as part of the Starter Space program. Following receipt of the Siganto Travel Scholarship in 2009, Carly undertook a studio residency at Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo where she presented her first solo exhibition, Seam. Since then she has exhibited regularly and completed a number of corporate and public art commissions both in Australia and overseas. These include a foyer installation for AECOM Brisbane Offices, a four story hand-woven sculpture for the new Gold Coast University Hospital, an atrium sculpture for Phoenix City Beijing, China and a suspended artwork for the entry space of a new residential and commercial high-rise in Hong Kong.
Carly has recently completed weaving and installing two large sculptures for the foyer of the Infinity Tower on Herschel Street, Brisbane. During 2013 she will also be making and exhibiting a new body of sculptural work as a result of receiving an Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant in 2012. CREATIVEMOVE is looking forward to working with Carly on her next solo exhibition and delivering other projects to enable her to concentrate on studio practice.