artist statement

My work as a contemporary artist across video, installation, sound and soft sculptures, is predicated upon the influences of diverse cultural and physical environments. I create artworks at the intersection of art and science, incorporating multisensory sculptural strategies, video, photography and contexts of encounter representative of my ongoing engagements with everyday materials, organic matter, digital media technologies and fields of perception. Directly interacting with the material, I inject myself into the space I construct and play with the mechanics of sensory and colour perception, fusing the tactile with the visual and sonic. I create interactive and immersive installations that interrogate the mutability of human perception and generate wonder about natural phenomena. My work has the potential to encourage reflection on the intimate relationship between the human and the nonhuman, which may lead to an increase in environmental awareness. .
During the process, I notice and record transient natural phenomena, find and retrieve industrial discards, travel and immerse myself in unfamiliar social situations; then, gathering, combining, listening again, threading, experimenting, stacking, tying, re-viewing, editing, I forge vibratory coalescences of matter, light, energy, sound and forms.
My sculpture and installation projects explore poetic and transformational potentials of the mass-produced objects and things that surround us - that we use every day – and the correlative materiality of the hidden, discarded by-products of their industrial manufacture.

Ferracin is an Italian born artist, living and working in Sydney. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the National Art School in 2015 and with Master of Fine Arts at Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney in 2016-2018. In 2014 and 2015 she was the recipient of the NAS Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement for her final BFA year as well as her Honours thesis project. In 2013, she was awarded the Ricia Marie Drawing Prize for talent and excellence. 
Her video and installation works have been shown in various solo and group exhibitions in Sydney, including YAI-13 and YAI-14 at MContemporary, Without Gravity at MOP Projects, 2014, Whispering Colours, 2015 at Factory49, Invisible matter, 2016, Spell and Sentient, 2017 and Sentient I, 2018 at Sydney College of the Arts galleries and Organic Chemistry, 2017 at Scenic World, Katoomba.
During a three-month residency at Largo das Artes International Art Residency program in Rio de Janeiro, Ferracin exhibited her first organic-electroacoustic installation, Techno Entheogen . She later adapted this installation to an Australian context Materia Vibrante (Sonora)/Vibrant Matter (Sonic), 2016 and exhibited at Articulate project space in Sydney. In Brazil she also performed her first public action installation called Barato (Cheap) in 2015. Ferracin viewed this as a cultural “utopic exchange” between mass- produced items and the creative artwork of Rio’s homeless habitants.
During MFA and for SCA New Contemporaries, Ferracin created Sentient (2017), and Sentient I (2018), two immersive multimedia installations that engage both organic material and natural phenomena such as growing and decomposing, intertwined with a time-lapse and light microscopy videos of multinucleate single cell Physarum polycephalum, as well as a looping meditative sound and light effects. Both works are questioning what means to be sentient being in a contemporary world.
Ferracin most recent public artwork is an Italian cultural project called The Italian Talkative Square (La Piazza Parlante), a site-specific installation that consists of acoustic and sculptural elements. This project is sponsored by the Canada Bay Council and Art Pharmacy and has been installed for two years at Fred Kelly Place in Five Dock (December 2016-2018).
Ferracin has been recently selected as artist in residence at ‘Culture at Work’, Pyrmont in Sydney to investigate concepts of entropy based on the observation of environmental weeds and herbicides side-effects within the natural environment. This project is aiming to increase environmental awareness of the native area where she lives.

reference: gary warner curatorial text for the exhibition marta ferracin recent works, 2016



 
2016/2018   Master of Fine Arts (by research), Arts and Social Science, Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney
2015   Bachelor of Fine Art Honours (First Class), National Art School, NSW, Sydney
2014   Bachelor of Fine Art, National Art School, NSW, Sydney
2004   Bachelor of Design in Communication Design, Billy Blue School
    of Graphic Arts, Sydney - Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne
solo exhibitions
2017   Spell, curator Vicky Browne, Sydney College of the Arts Galleries,Sydney
2016/2018   The Italian Talkative Square, Canada Bay Council, Art Pharmacy, Five Dock
2016   Marta Ferracin recent works, curator Gary Warner, Articulate Project Space, Sydney
2015   Whispering Colours, Factory 49, Sydney
    Techno Entheogen and Barato, curator Carla Hermann and Bernardo Jose’ de
    Souza, Largo das Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2014   Without Gravity, MOP Projects, Sydney
group exhibitions
2018   Entropy , Culture at Work, Pyrmont, Sydney
    SCA New Contemporaries , Sydney College of the Arts Galleries, Sydney
    Echoes 2: Transpositions SYD – BER , Rosalux Project Space, Berlin, Germany
    Ferret 1-2-3-4-5, Articulate project space, Sydney
2017   Sentient (MFA), SCA galleries, Sydney
    MCA ArtBar, curator Julie Rrap, MCA, Sydney
    Solidarity, Articulate project space, Sydney
    Sculpture at Scenic World, Scenic World, Katoomba
    Sculpture Otherwise, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba
2016   Articulate Turns Six: What Next? , Articulate project space, Sydney
    Invisible Matter, curator Bianca Hester, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney
    Playing with Perspectives, curator Art Pharmacy, Deloitte, Sydney
2015   Have Your Say, Articulate Project Space, Sydney
    Sync, curator Fernarda Lopes, Largo das Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Young Artists Initiative YAI-14, .M Contemporary Gallery, Sydney
  Feral, Articulate Project Space, Sydney
2014   1/2 Way, Library Stairwell Gallery, National Art School
    Digi-net#2, Cell Block Theatre, National Art School, Sydney
    Young Artists Initiative YAI-13, .M Contemporary Gallery, Sydney
    The Combine, DoubleYou Studio, Sydney
2013   BFA final year show, National Art School, Sydney
    Digi#1, Cell Block Theatre, National Art School, Sydney
    Nas Drawing Week Exhibition: Field Work to Folio, Xavier Art Space, Sydney
    The Grid, Project Space, National Art School, Sydney
    Vagina Dialogue, Library Stairwell Gallery, National Art School, Sydney
    Back to Paper, DoubleYou Studio, Sydney
2012   Landscape, Project Space, National Art School, Sydney
    Meeting Point, Xavier Art Space, Fonas, Sydney
awards/grants/prizes/certificates
2017   Cultural Competence – Aboriginal Sydney certificate, Coursera, The University of Sydney
    Selected artist Premio Arte Laguna, Reuse Recycle Reduce Paper (RRR) as Art and Design, Venice, Italy
2015   Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in the Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours)
2014   Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in the Bachelor of Fine Art
2013   Winner, Ricia Marie Price
    Finalist, John Olsen Prize
2012   Winner, Blankcanvas Co Materials Award, 2nd Year painting student
    Winner, 2nd Year Drawing Award, Friends of the National Art School
2011   Winner, Jocelyne Maughan Sketchbook Price, National Art School
artist talks
2017   Art+Science Connect, MAAS, NSW, Sydney
    Artist tour public talk, Culture Scout and Canada Bay council, Five Dock
residencies
2015   Largo das Artes International Art Residency Program, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2018   Culture at Work, Artist-led Australian Research Institute, Pyrmont, NSW, Sydney
volunteering / assisting
2018   21st Biennale of Sydney , Cockatoo Island and Carriageworks, Sydney
2016   20th Biennale of Sydney , Cockatoo Island and Carriageworks, Sydney
    Lee Mingwei -Guernica in Sand installation, Carriageworks, Sydney
2014   19th Biennale of Sydney , Cockatoo Island, Sydney
    Kaldor Public Project #28: Roman Ondak , Town Hall, Parramatta, Sydney
    Naomi Troski installation , Sydney Lyric Theatre, Sydney
2012   18th Biennale of Sydney , Cockatoo Island, Sydney