Mikala Dwyer’s installation, Outfield, is a giant cosmological circle—a psychic fortress—of assemblages constructed via the process of addition and subtraction, a numerical sequence. It articulates a habitable realm—a place of refuge. The Moon, The Sun. Totems, money to buy one’s way, magnetic forces, light, dirt, noise, letters from the dead.
Mikala Dwyer has been exhibiting internationally since 1982. Solo exhibitions include Costumes and Empty Sculptures, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2008); Moon Garden, Aratoi Museum, Masterton NZ (2008); Mikala Dwyer: an Australian artist’s project, City Gallery Wellington (2002); Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2000). Group exhibitions include The Ecologies Project, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, curated by Geraldine Barlow and Kyla McFarlane (2008); Lost and Found: An Archaeology of the Present, TarraWarra Biennial, curated by Charlotte Day, Healesville (2008); Mystic Truths, Auckland Art Gallery, curated by Natasha Conland (2007); Den Haag Sculptuur 2007 De Overkant/Down Under, The Hague (2007); High Tide, CAC Vilnius and Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw; Face Up: Contemporary Art from Australia, Hamburger Bahnhoff, Berlin, curated by Britta Schmitz; Contempora 5, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne (1999); OrientATION, 4th International Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul (1995); Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, curated by Victoria Lynn (1993). In 2009 Dwyer was the recipient of the prestigious Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship Grant. Outfield is Mikala Dwyer’s first solo exhibition with Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.