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b. 1973, Australia

Yhonnie Scarce Biography

Yhonnie Scarce’s work explores the modes of perceptions used as underlying weapons of colonial power to keep Aboriginal people submissive to the hierarchy of colonial rule. Through research into her family’s experiences, Scarce’s glass work engages with the wider issue of containment of Aboriginal people, including the forcible removal of these people from their land and consequent death. Yhonnie Scarce’s work incorporates her personal histories and research with artefacts from the past, hence attempting to highlight the legacy of issues related to white settlement in a dialogue with the present. Indigenous fruits and vegetables such as bush bananas, bush plums and long yams are metaphoric tools to represent Indigenous people, culture and traditions.

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Yhonnie Scarce belongs to the Kokatha and Nukunu peoples and in 2004 graduated from the South Australian School of Art with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours), majoring in glassmaking. As Timothy Morell stated in the January-March 2009 edition of Australian Art Collector, Scarce has "pulled the medium of glass right out of its crafty comfort zone and exploited its potential, perhaps for the first time in Australia, to be emotionally and politically expressive".

Yhonnie Scarce Featured Artworks

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Barwell and Beverly - Andamooka Opal Fields by Yhonnie Scarce contemporary artwork
Yhonnie ScarceBarwell and Beverly - Andamooka Opal Fields, 2019Water based ink screen print, vintage tent, hand blown glass
250 x 172 cm
This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein Contact Gallery
Hollowing Earth by Yhonnie Scarce contemporary artwork
Yhonnie ScarceHollowing Earth, 2016–2017Blown and hot formed Uranium glass
This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein Contact Gallery
Fallout Babies by Yhonnie Scarce contemporary artwork
Yhonnie ScarceFallout Babies, 2016Blown glass, acrylic and found hospital cribs
This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein Contact Gallery
Only a Mother Could Love Them by Yhonnie Scarce contemporary artwork
Yhonnie ScarceOnly a Mother Could Love Them, 2016Blown glass and mortuary table
This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein Contact Gallery
Glass Bomb (Blue Danube series) by Yhonnie Scarce contemporary artwork
Yhonnie ScarceGlass Bomb (Blue Danube series), 2015hand blown glass bomb and yarns
60 x 25 x 25 cm
This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein Contact Gallery
Glass Bomb (Blue Danube series) by Yhonnie Scarce contemporary artwork
Yhonnie ScarceGlass Bomb (Blue Danube series), 2015hand blown glass bomb and yarns
47 x 15 x 15 cm
This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein Contact Gallery
Silence part 2 (set of four) by Yhonnie Scarce contemporary artwork
Yhonnie ScarceSilence part 2 (set of four), 2014Blown glass, forceps
Variable dimensions
This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein Contact Gallery
Silence part 1 (set of four) by Yhonnie Scarce contemporary artwork
Yhonnie ScarceSilence part 1 (set of four), 2014Blown glass, forceps
Variable dimensions
This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein Contact Gallery

Yhonnie Scarce Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Kirsten Coelho, Michael Cook, Petrina Hicks, Lakin Ogunbanwo, Yhonnie Scarce, Jacqui Stockdale, Summer 2018 at This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein, Melbourne
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24 November–16 December 2018 Kirsten Coelho, Michael Cook, Petrina Hicks, Lakin Ogunbanwo, Yhonnie Scarce, Jacqui Stockdale Summer 2018 This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein, MelbourneMelbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Yhonnie Scarce, Strontium 90 at This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein, Melbourne
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10 September–8 October 2016 Yhonnie Scarce Strontium 90 This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein, MelbourneMelbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Yhonnie Scarce, The Silence of Others at This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein, Melbourne
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31 May–21 June 2014 Yhonnie Scarce The Silence of Others This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein, MelbourneMelbourne

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Yhonnie Scarce In Ocula Magazine

Notes On Desire: The 19Th Biennale Of Sydney Ocula Feature Notes On Desire: The 19Th Biennale Of Sydney By Stella Rosa McDonald, Sydney

" Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will." George Bernard Shaw In 1879, a French postman named Ferdinand Cheval began building an esoteric homage to the beauty of sandstone. On one of his postal rounds, Cheval came across small pieces of...

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Yhonnie Scarce In Related Press

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Yhonnie Scarce wins 2018 Indigenous Ceramic Award Related Press Yhonnie Scarce wins 2018 Indigenous Ceramic Award 30 August 2018, Art Guide Australia

Congratulations to Yhonnie Scarce who has taken out the 2018 Indigenous Ceramic Award (ICA) with her porcelain and glass work, Servant and Slave, 2018. The $20,000 award is acquisitive and Scarce's piece will join the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) permanent collection. The judges for the 2018 award were Stephen Gilchrist, associate lecturer of...

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What to see and expect from Sydney Contemporary 2018 Related Press What to see and expect from Sydney Contemporary 2018 28 August 2018, Vogue

As Australia's leading art fair, Sydney Contemporary manages to make art critics into art lovers and the unanointed into worshippers, all within the space of three days.

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'Sovereignty' at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art Related Press 'Sovereignty' at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art 23 March 2017, ArtAsiaPacific

Since 1788, Australia's indigenous populations have been subjected to mass traumas due to the explicit and insidious incursions of settler colonies. These traumas remain unhealed, though the current sociopolitical climate not only fosters advocacy by both indigenous and non-indigenous peoples to acknowledge the violent settlement of Australia, but...

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'Who’s Afraid of Colour?': 118 Aboriginal women artists at NGV Australia Related Press 'Who’s Afraid of Colour?': 118 Aboriginal women artists at NGV Australia 16 March 2017, Art Radar Journal

The diverse work of Indigenous Australian women artists is celebrated through the thematic framework of the exhibition Who's Afraid of Colour? at the Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Australia from 16 December 2016 to 17 April 2017. Its intention is to explore Aboriginal women artists as innovators and transformers of...

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