About the artists
Parramatta Lanes Art Trail
All the things we've missed during lockdown. Find out more about the artists behind the augmented reality artworks on the Parramatta Lanes Art Trail throughout Parramatta’s CBD.
Justine Youssef’s art practice is site-responsive, interested in what is warped through displacement, and focuses on moments and places that reconfigure authoritative realities. Youssef received their Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National Art School, Sydney, and is currently based across Dharug and Gadigal lands.
They have been awarded the 2019 JohnFries Award (The Copyright Agency), as well as the 2019 New South Wales Artists’ Grant(NAVA and Create NSW). They held their first solo exhibition ‘All Blessings, All Curses’ at 4ACentre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, and have participated in group exhibitions atUNSW Galleries, Sydney; Salamanca Arts Center, Hobart; Milani Gallery CARPARK, Brisbane; and ReadingRoom, Melbourne.
Their work has been performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney; and BlindsideGallery, Melbourne.
Leahlani Johnson is a New South Wales-based visual artist whose practice explores the paradoxical nature of time.
Working site-specifically across the disciplines of painting, drawing, installation, floristry, ceramics, and the moving image, Johnson employs disparate materials to reveal opposing durational qualities of stillness, temporality, and flux. Divergent concepts of time are further examined through the process of making the work and in the final form an exhibition may take, with labor-intensive and site-specific interventions often lasting only briefly and exhibition lengths becoming extended or condensed in size.
Since 2008 Johnson has exhibited in group exhibitions across Sydney, Melbourne, New Zealand, and France. In 2010 she held her first solo exhibition, There's something so nice about not knowing everything, at Aratoi - Wairarapa Museum of Art and History in New Zealand. Recent solo exhibitions include However late it may seem 2017, at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and The certainty of this 2015, at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Sydney.
Nadia Odlum is a multidisciplinary artist from Sydney, Australia. Driven by a fascination with urban environments, Odlum creates playful and immersive works that explore personal and collective experiences of space and urban architecture. Often working site-specifically, their output spans sculpture, drawing, painting, installation, artist-led workshops and performance collaborations.
The works are inspired by movement, patterns and forms within the built environment, mirroring and abstracting these elements to form new spatial and material relationships. Central to Odlum's practice is an investigation of perceptual experience, and how urban space impacts encounters and relationships between individuals and communities.
Odlum’s work has been shown in galleries and public spaces around the world. These include exhibitions at the Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and New York Transit Museum, as well as public art commissions for Urban Art Projects and Kaldor Public Art Projects.
Mechelle Bounpraseuth (b - 1985) is a Sydney-based artist whose practice includes drawing, photography, video, zines, and ceramics.
She graduated from the National Art School in 2016. She has since been the recipient of the Fishers Ghost Prize for Sculpture, Macquarie Group Emerging Art Prize, and the Trudie Alfred Bequest Scholarship.
Her artworks have been published in Art Almanac, Art and Australia, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, and Art Collector. Her work has also been collected by Art Bank, National Gallery of Australia, and National Library of Australia.
Tina Tran is a Sydney-based artist, working in the medium of drawing and painting.
Earlier this year she was part of a group show at Kinokuniya, where she exhibited a series of landscapes in the NT and WA produced using watercolours. A zine was also created. She has been an artist for over 10 years.
Working across kinetic sculpture, installation, video, photography, virtual reality, and performance, Tully Arnot’s practice explores the effect that contemporary technology has on human relationships, looking at the isolating nature of our increasingly connected, but ultimately disconnected world.
Themes of automation and simulation feature strongly in Arnot’s work, often looking at robotic and non-sentient substitutes for humans and human interactions. The surface of the human body and notions of touch are analysed through the mediating effects of social media, HD digital information and haptic technologies – often exploring this through consumer-level devices.
Linda Brescia is a Western Sydney-based artist who investigates the banalities and complexities of everyday life experiences and rituals through painting, photography, sculpture, and performance. Her practice explores dynamics around visibility and invisibility, masking, care, and self-assertion.
Story about work
"The idea is a reflection of my experience of Covid-19. ‘Unprecedented’ was a common description used when no one knew what was happening. Feelings of fear and frustration were balanced with feel-good exercises of gardening and walking. Eventually managing to get the jab gave me an enormous sense of relief."
XantheDobbie is an Australian new media artist and filmmaker currently based in Lismore on unceded Bundgalung Land.
Working across on-and offline modes of making, their practice aims to capture the experience of contemporaneity as reflected through queer and feminist ideologies. Drawing on humour, pop, sex, history and iconography, they develop shrines to a post-truth era. Completing an MA Art Screen (Editing) at AFTRS in 2019, Xanthe’s film Elagabalus (Director, Editor) has screened in film festivals across Australia, USA, Canada, Europe, and India.
Their work has been shown extensively in galleries and arts festivals including Next Wave (2016), Channels (2015/2017), Mardi Gras (2017), Midsumma (2018), and Sydney Festival (2021). In 2021, Xanthehas commenced a funded PhD in Digital Art and Curation at RMIT University. Recent commissions include work for UQ Art Museum, The Sydney Opera House and Munch Museum (Norway) and Griffith Theatre Company.
Dulwich Hill School of Visual Art and Design; Pine Street Studios with Accessible Arts; Drawing classes at Sydney Community College; Drawing and Painting classes with Art on King.
He has continued his visual arts practice independently developing a growing body of work for over the last 10 years.
Founding member of the Ruckus Ensemble, a contemporary performance group who create large scale productions A member of Front Up, a disability led Arts and Cultural program initiated by Ability Options A production designer and performer on the award-winning short films '‘The Interviewer’ and ‘Heartbreak and Beauty’ with Bus Stop Films.
Tess Rapa & Frank Davey
Our central idea for the theme around what we personally missed during RONA (COVID), which really came into high relief when we couldn't visit on the birth of a baby in the immediate family, was that of "Conflagration."
"Conflagration," meaning a catastrophic firestorm, or a devastating conflict, consists of a painting of fire, with an animation of flames and swirling phrases turning to ash within them. A metal music soundtrack combines to produce a "bonfire of emotions." In the uncertainty of pandemic, within the grim solitude of confinement, we numb our feelings and render ourselves mute with a barrage of overloaded senses. Saved from burning in the hell of the virus, we scorch our loved ones with our words, because we miss them.
Parramatta is my home town - I never forget where I come from.
Godspeed Artist Bios
Made By Tsuki
Made By Tsuki is a Digital Artist and Music Producer. He has been creating music and visual art in parallel for just over 6 years. Pre-COVID MBT was mostly spending time making electronic music and touring Australian nightclubs & in 2019 he signed with Steve Aoki’s record label DIM MAK. The COVID pandemic has meant a shift to 3D Design and Digital Art, as touring and playing shows were not an option.
During the break MBT spent time on building ‘Godspeed Digital’, a team of Australian digital artists, 4 of which are on display here at Parramatta Lanes. In a nice circular moment, Godspeed was launched in 2019 at Parramatta Lanes with just MBT as the one solo artist, so coming back to the same space with fresh faces is incredibly exciting.
Yaschuca is both Godspeed's youngest and longest-serving recruit. Donning the title ‘The Professor’ since the age of 4, Yashuca was clearly forward-thinking and considered in his approach to art, music and learning. He has managed to juggle an intensive university degree, technical training in electronic music, and develop a complete 3D skillset during the pandemic.
Through his relentless hard work, he is set up in a unique intersection of art, music, technology, and user experience. With many years ahead of him he is one of the most exciting and informed artists in the local digital art space.
Soulis is a rapidly emerging Digital Artist, with deep knowledge of design fundamentals. In the brief 6 months since posting her debut 3D work on Instagram, she has developed into an incredibly skilled 3D artist, rapidly translating her deep understanding of the 2D fundamentals of design into her stunning 3D portraits.
With each project that Soulis picks up, she adds more and more technical ability and perspective to an already unique artistic lens. If only 6 months of learning looks this good, then we can only imagine what more time could add to the Soulis story.
Robustt is a Digital Artist and Music Producer. He has worked for years across multiple genres in music, producing for some of the biggest names in modern Aussie hip hop. The COVID pandemic meant Robustt had to pivot and focus his time on digital art and technology. 1000 hours of youtube tutorials later and now Robustt operates both as an incredible music producer and a ground-breaking digital artist.
Robustt is Godspeed Digital’s head of tech, constantly finding new ways to make art and express himself. His focus at the moment is creating a completely controllable digital avatar of himself that operates as he does; talking when he talks and walking how he walks.
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Follow the Parramatta Lanes Art Trail around the Parramatta CBD and discover the augmented reality artworks around the theme of everything we've been missing during lockdown.
Find out more about the Parramatta Lanes program. Go on an adventure through Parramatta’s CBD, follow the Parramatta Lanes Art Trail, stop by your local favourite venues for live music sets and comedy shows. Welcome back the good vibes. We've missed you.