artist statement

Marta Ferracin’s art is driven by her interest in intransient natural phenomena, material vibrancy and embodied experiences of bio and artificial living habitats.
In Ferracin’s work there is always an element of the ‘alive’, as life, movement and vibrant matter are central to her practice. In her own words, “By contemplating the existence of an “immanent vitality” within natural phenomena, I am able to activate phenomenological responses to manifestations of material agency. My practice offers an environmental platform where humans and nature can meet and interact within a balanced and positive interchange.” In doing so, Ferracin’s work encourages reflection on the intimate relationship between the human and the nonhuman, leading to an increased environmental awareness. 

Within her practice, Ferracin often engages in an artistic dialogue with science and digital technology. Her art encompasses a biological transmutation of everyday materials and the observation of living systems, intersecting organic and inorganic matter, bioluminescence, energy, static electricity, olfactory chemistry, acoustics, the imaginary and form; spanning video, installation, soundscapes and soft sculpture. Her ability to transform public and gallery spaces into wondrous and responsive habitats makes these contained environments a space in which to meditate and activate the imagination and senses, stimulating an eco-phenomenological synthesis of life and living.

Born in Italy, Ferracin lives and works in Sydney, Australia. She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney in 2018 and with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the National Art School, Sydney, in 2015. Her video and installation work has been shown in various solo and group exhibitions around Sydney and overseas. Her solo shows include Coexistence, 2019, at Factory49 Paris, Paris, France, Spell, 2017, at Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) Galleries, Lilyfield, Sydney,Marta Ferracin: Recent Works, including Materia Vibrante (Sonora), 2016, at Articulate project space, Leichhardt, Sydney,Techno Entheogen, 2015, at Largo das Artes gallery and artistic residency, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Whispering Colours, 2015 at Factory 49, Marrickville, Sydney, Without Gravity, 2014, at MOP Projects, Chippendale, Sydney and the group show Echoes 2: Transpositions SYD – BER, 2018, at Rosalux Project Space, Berlin, Germany. Other significant works include Sentient I, 2018 being selected for the SCA Contemporary 2018 and Sentient, 2017, both shown at SCA Galleries, Sydney, and Organic Chemistry, 2017, at Sculpture at Scenic World, Scenic World, Katoomba. As well as Entropy, 2018, which was part of the ART+ SCIENCE collaborative residency at ‘Culture at Work’, Pyrmont, Sydney. Her current works include the public installation Italian Talkative Square, 2016-2018, an Italian cultural project installed in Five Dock, Sydney, Echosonar, 2019, an awarded site-specific installation selected for the North Sydney Art Price at the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, Waverton, Sydney and Forget Me Not, 2019-2020 highly commended for Eden Unearthed Art Prize at Eden Gardens.
In 2020, Ferracin will develop an ongoing environmental research project, Symbiont, during her three-month residency at SymbioticA. Symbiont will explore the environmental responsiveness of lichens in order to enhance the symbiotic relationships between the human body and the environment. The residency will take place at the Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, The University of Western Australia. "This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body".
Symbiont research project will continue during one month Ars Bioarcitca residency at Kilpisjärvi Biological station - Bioart Society,The University of Helsinki, Finland.

2018   Master of Fine Arts, 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
2019   Coexistence, Factory49 Paris, Paris, France
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 and two-person exhibitions
2019   Production @The Factory, Factory49, Marrickville, Sydney
    Eden Unearthed Art Price , Eden Gardens, Macquarie, Sydney
    North Sydney Art Prize , Coal Loader, Waverton, Sydney
    Art 4 Peace, Stacks Project Space, Potts Point, Sydney
2018   Entropy, Culture at Work, Pyrmont, Sydney
    Eden Unearthed, Eden Gardens, Macquarie, 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, at 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/selected finalist
2020   Grant recipient for the NSW Australia Council for the Arts - Emerging & Experimental Career Development category  
2019   Eden Unearthed Art Price - Highly Commended Award - sponsored by Eden Gardens
    North Sydney Art Price - winner Site Specific Award - sponsored by Australian Catholic University
2017   Cultural Competence – Aboriginal Sydney certificate, Coursera, The University of Sydney
    Selected artist Premio Arte Laguna, Reuse Recycle Reduce Paper 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
2019   Sydney Science Festival, Culture at Work (CAW), Culture at Work, Pyrmont, NSW, Sydney
  Artist talk Echosonar, The North Sydney Art Prize, Coal Loader, Waverton, NSW, Sydney
2018   Artist talk Entropy, ART+SCIENCE Culture at Work, Pyrmont, NSW, Sydney
2017   ART+SCIENCE Connect, MAAS, NSW, Sydney
    Artist tour public talk, Culture Scout and Canada Bay council, Five Dock
2020   Ars Bioarctica, Kilpisjärvi Biological station, Bioart Society, Helsinki University, Finland
  SymbioticA, The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, The University of Western Australia, WA, Perth
2018   ART+SCIENCE Culture at Work, Artist-led Australian Research Institute, Pyrmont, NSW, Sydney
2015   Largo das Artes International Art Residency Program, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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 assistant), Carriageworks, Sydney
2014   19th Biennale of Sydney , Cockatoo Island, Sydney
    Kaldor Public Project #28: Roman Ondak , Town Hall, Parramatta, Sydney
    Naomi Troski artwork (installation assistant), Sydney Lyric Theatre, Pyrmont, Sydney
2012   18th Biennale of Sydney , Cockatoo Island, Sydney