Associate Professor Marian Drew

Marian Drew has a growing international profile supported by a 30 year career in teaching, research and publication. Her work links photography, video, drawing, sculptural and site specific installations and public art. Drew has been included in more than 50 curatorial group shows, and represented Australia in the First Asia Pacific Triennial 1992, Musee Branly, Photoquai Biennial (Paris, 2011) and Pingyao International Photography Festival (China, 2010). 

Drew’s primary research aim is to understand, represent and deepen the mutual and complementary relations between human and non human environments. A significant body of work Australiana Still Life 2003-2011 extended this research, specifically by placing and photographing deceased wild animals in idealised domestic spaces. This photographic rephrasing of traditional still life painting suggested the continuance of imported ideologies that are no longer sustainable in this century. This research focus has lead to recent collaborations with researchers from other disciplines, such as environmental science, social science and law that explore ways to heighten awareness of human impacts on environments.

Drew has mounted more than 30 solo exhibitions that recently include Conceits, Linden Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne, 2015; Fresh, Amelia Johnson Gallery, Hong Kong, 2014; Marian Drew, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Singapore Art Fare, 2013 and Body and Grace, Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney, 2012. 

Recent selected international exhibitions include Still Life, John Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles 2010; Volta Basel, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, 2014; LA Photo, Queensland Centre for Photography, 2015-2007; Landscape and the Urban Environment, Amelia Johnson Gallery, Hong Kong, 2012; Berlin Art Fair; Michael Reid Gallery, 2012; Beyond Landscape, Peru – Australia, Deustua/Drew, Lima, Peru, 2011; The Birds are Flying Low, 2011, International Studio and Curatorial Program Gallery Brooklyn, New York. Drew has had two Australia Council residencies in New York, 1989 and 2011.

In 2011, Drew was invited by the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art to curate an exhibition from the collection. The resultant exhibition was titled Buoyancy, which explored through the art object human relations to our most valuable resource, water.

Numerous collections house her work, including the John Paul Getty Art Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Photographic Art, San Diego; National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of South Australia, University of Queensland Art Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra and Fonds National D’Art Contemporain ( FNAC) France. Drew has judged several national art competitions and regularly speaks at conferences and public talks.

Marian Drew Photographs + Video Works, 2006; a survey of her work from 1983 to 2006 was published by the Queensland Centre for Photography. Writers for the book were Dr Caroline Jordan, Anne Kirker, Dr Brigitta Olubas, Russell Storer, Marian Drew and the foreword by Geoffrey Batchen. 

More details of Associate Professor Marian Drew’s publications and research profile can be found on Griffith's Research Hub.


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