Ann Russell is a born and bred Queenslander, who has been making things throughout her life. Having trained as a visual art teacher, she has combined her art practice with teaching and now operates her arts and education business from her leafy property in the North West suburbs of Brisbane.
Ann is a strong advocate for art education, believing it to contribute to greater creativity, diversity and a reduction of binary thinking. She explored this further while studying for her Master of Arts and then her Doctorate of Creative Arts through using mixed media to explore creativity and ecofeminist ideas.
Her art practice involves visually immersive installations and images where viewers ‘enter’ into liminal spaces conjured from the peripheries between authentic experiences and those imagined; between tactile and virtual platforms. Through constructing other worlds and manipulating scale, she disorientates the viewer and prompts them to consider possibilities beyond their usual experience.
By creating such visually immersive spaces, she endeavours to disrupt accepted ideologies, particularly as they relate to the positioning of women, our relationship with nature and the possibilities of ‘re-enchanting’ our lives. Ann has exhibited locally, interstate and overseas and has work in various public and private collections, including the Pine Rivers Art Gallery.
2017 Merit Award, Moreton Bay Region Art Awards, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Strathpine
2016 Finalist, Salvage, Brisbane City Council, Brisbane
2014 Finalist, She… Walker St Gallery, Greater City of Dandenong
2013 Finalist, Sculpture @ Scenic World, Scenic World, Katoomba, NSW
2013 Finalist, She… Walker St Gallery, Greater City of Dandenong
2012 Second Place, Open Section, WetlandCare Australia National Art Competition and Exhibition, Ballina
2012 Finalist, Stanthorpe Art Festival, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Stanthorpe.
2011 Finalist, Moreton Bay Region Art Awards, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Strathpine
2011 Finalist, She…Who Loves, Walker St Gallery, Greater City of Dandenong
2010 First Place, Open Section, WetlandCare Australia National Art Competition and Exhibition, Ballina
2010 Finalist, Future Nurture Emerging Art Award, Toowoomba