Carolyn Menzies

Of Slender Means

29 July > 29 August 2021
Wednesday to Friday, 11AM > 4PM

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Carolyn Menzies will present a series of sculptural works and charcoal drawings that explore materiality and the intersection of art and craft. Menzies’ sculptures are made from steel wool and steel mesh. Steel is a hallmark of modern sculptural practice, however Menzies’ use of the material gently subverts this legacy as the wool and mesh are unashamedly domestic.

Menzies is concerned with the politics of the personal and her work explores the complexity of the often-invisible labour that takes places within a domestic context, as compared to the very public nature of art. Menzies takes materials usually found under the sink to create sculptural tributes to this otherwise unrecorded sum of human endeavour.

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IMAGE > [Top] Carolyn Menzies, Bank [detail], 2021. Tree branch, steel wool, steel mesh, plug chain & rope bollard. Photograph: Kit Edwards Photography.
Image courtesy of the artist.

IMAGE > Portrait of Carolyn Menzies. Image courtesy of the artist.
IMAGE > [below] Carolyn Menzies, Untitled [detail], 2021. Stainless steel thread & sink strainers. Photograph: Kit Edwards Photography.
Image courtesy of the artist.


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IMAGE > Carolyn Menzies, Q&A [detail], 2021. Mesh, stainless steel thread & sinkers. Photograph: Kit Edwards Photography.
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Born in New Zealand, Carolyn Menzies studied sculpture at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts. A travel grant from Creative New Zealand allowed her to travel to the UK where she completed her MA in Fine Arts at Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design, London in 2001.

In 2019 Menzies was a finalist in the Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Prize. She was an Australian Tapestry Workshop artist in residence in 2021 and is currently an artist in residence at Linden New Art.

Carolyn has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.



I’m attracted to the idea of playing up the traditional binary of craft as private and art as public – using scale and materials to gently undermine those assumptions.


Carolyn Menzies




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