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Riss

b.1972

Based in Tivoli, Queensland, Australia

A multi-passionate and multi-qualified Australian creative artist, project manager and lover of painting and colour, Riss' creative interests include contemporary art, creative projects and handcrafted inspired creations for the soul, home and body.

Through favoured mediums of painting and textiles, Riss explores colour, techniques, sustainability and spiritually, while often extending creativity into 'everyday items' such as prints and books, fashion items, crafted jewellery, and homewares. Having first learnt textiles at an early age, passed down from both Grandmothers and Mother, it wasn't until 1992 and in her late teens that Riss felt innately inspired to paint. With no high school, nor formal art training behind her, Riss successfully dared herself to apply for a Bachelor of Visual Arts, majoring in painting and textiles (USQ, 2001), and then on to complete a Graduate Certificate in Art Authentication (MelbUni, 2005).

However, only after succumbing to and then 'shaking off the shackles' of a misled 15 year stint in a 'wrong' corporate career, in 2017 Riss returned to pursuing her creative and artistic skills, research, practice, exhibition and engaging with various arts organisations and artists, both locally and abroad.

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My creative interests explore colour, techniques, sustainability and spirituality while reflecting a serendipitous journey of responding to and capturing a hope and faith in living a full life with impact, purpose and meaning, ...despite all odds.

Since 1992, the creative act of making and engaging in visual arts practice has intuitively been my self-therapy and salutogenic coping mechanism for dealing with diagnosis trauma. My artworks burst with colour and movement, and aim to impart positivity, hope and faith... lifting one from the subfuse of daily life.

In 2017, I resumed sharing my creative works publicly with increasing opportunity to participate and exhibit both locally and more recently abroad. As events of 2020 continue to disrupt our world, knowing and owning one’s self-identity is more important than ever and inform my current creative works and visual investigations.

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Based in Tivoli, Queensland, Australia

Education:

  • Master Research Management & Commercialisation at Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Graduate Certificate Art Authentication at University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Graduate Certificate Academic Practice at Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Bachelor of Visual Arts at University of Southern Queensland, Australia
  • Ass/ Diploma Applied Science Horticulture at University of Queensland, Australia
  • Cert IV Project Management at Australian Institute of Management, QLD & NT, Australia
  • Cert IV Training & Assessing (TAA40104) at TAFE QUEENSLAND, Australia

Memberships:

  • 2019+ Arts Connect Ipswich Inc, Queensland, Australia
  • 2019+ Visual AIDS, New York, NY, USA
  • 2018+ National Association for the Visual Artists (NAVA), Australia
  • 2018+ Flying Arts Alliance Inc, Queensland, Australia
  • 2009+ Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM)

Grants & Awards:

  • 2020- stART Grant, Arts Queensland, Australia
  • 2020- Artists+ Material Grant recipient, Visual AIDS, New York, NY, USA
  • 2002- Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Grant Bursary recipient, Cooloola Shire Council, Gympie (McGregor Summer School 2003 – egg tempera master-class with International artist-in-residence Willi Gilli, Germany)
  • 2002-McGregor Bursary Grant recipient, McGregor Summer Schools 2003, USQ, Toowoomba (egg tempera masterclass with International artist-in-residence Willi Gilli, Germany)
  • 2001-Hugh Child Memorial Award, Visual Arts – Academic Performance, University of Southern Queensland

Exhibitions:

  • 2020- Ampler Than Loneliness: Documenting Collective Resilience Group Exhibition, Visual AIDS, NY, online
  • 2020- Ipswich Hospice Care Art Awards, Ipswich Hospice online
  • 2020- Black & White Group Exhibition, ARTtime and Drawing Point Gallery & Studio, Ipswich, Queensland
  • 2020- Postcards From The Edge 2020, Group Fundraiser Exhibition, Visual AIDS, Bortolami Gallery, Tribeca, NYC
  • 2019- Off the Wall Group Exhibition, ArtsConnect Inc, Ipswich Community Art Gallery, Ipswich, Queensland
  • 2019- Faith Group Exhibition, ArtsConnect Inc, Ipswich Community Art Gallery, Ipswich, Queensland
  • 2019- Mellow Yellow Group Exhibition, ARTtime and Drawing Point Gallery & Studio, Ipswich, Queensland
  • 2018- Ipswich Art Awards Exhibition, Ipswich Festival, St. Paul’s Church Hall, Ipswich, Queensland
  • 2002- Kenilworth Arts Festival Exhibition, Kenilworth Public Hall, Queensland
  • 2000- Zeitgeist, Graduarts, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Queensland
  • 2000- USQ Student Guild Art Exhibition, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland
  • 1999- Works in Progress, Arts Foyer Gallery, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland
  • 1999- Cent$less, Art [email protected] Gallery, Toowoomba, Queensland
  • 1999-3rd Artist’s Books & Multiples Fair, School of Arts, Brisbane, Queensland