Nadia Odlum

Opening 6-8pm Wednesday March 20

A Complicating Structure explores the perceptual experience of navigation through urban environments. Odlum recently returned to Sydney after a stint living in New York City. Drawing together works made in each of these places, the exhibition reflects on the experience of learning to navigate in a city that is new, and the contrasting experience of returning to a city that is familiar but finding that your perception of it has changed.

Abstracting aesthetics and materials from city streets, these works create a shifting set of visual relationships that alter in relation to the audience’s position in the gallery space. Foregrounding the effect of motion on visual perception, the exhibition as a whole reflects upon the constant and temporally extended perceptual exchange that occurs between the body and the city during the act of navigation.

Nadia Odlum is an emerging artist based in Western Sydney. She has presented work in solo and group exhibitions in Australia and New York, at venues such as the Murray Art Museum in Albury, Artspace Ideas Platform, the New York Transit Museum, Flux Factory, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Firstdraft, Penrith Regional Gallery and Orange Regional Gallery. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the National Art School in 2012, graduating with First Class Honours and the Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. In 2016 she completed a Master of Fine Arts by research at UNSW Art & Design, for which she was a recipient of the Australian Postgraduate Award.

Odlum’s work is held in the collections of Parramatta Artists Studios, the National Art School, Westmead Children’s Hostpital, Allens Linklaters Lawfirm and the Kedumba Drawing Collection, as well as private collections in the UK, the USA and Australia. In 2015 Nadia Odlum was an artist in residence at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, supported by the AGNSW and the Dyason Bequest. In 2018 she completed a residency and education fellowship at the Wassaic Project in New York. She is a current artist in residence at Parramatta Artists Studios.