Dr Clare Milledge is an artist and academic.
Milledge lives and works between the lands of the Arakwal people in Bundjalung country (Broken Head, Northern NSW) and the lands of the Bidjigal and Gadigal people (Paddington, Sydney). She is a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Art & Design and is represented by STATION gallery.
Milledge's work re-examines contemporary environments with a focus on our engagement with ecology through art, in particular through the use of the historical figure of the artist-shaman. Working with fieldwork as her primary methodology she collects, re-organises, transforms and re-presents recordings, information and material gathered on ecological surveys and site visits. Her research output takes the form of public installation environments that variously incorporate glass paintings, textile works, costumes, sets, collaborative experimental sound and performance.
Milledge completed her Doctor of Philosophy at Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney in 2013. Part of her candidacy (2008) was spent at the Universität der Künste, Berlin. She completed her Honours year (also administered by Sydney College of the Arts) at the Statenskunst Akademi in Oslo (2006) and maintains an active engagement with Norwegian contemporary art.
Selected solo exhibitions include: Strigiformes: Binocular, Binaural, performance for Tori Wrånes solo exhibition Hot Pocket, curated by Stina Høgkvist, Museet for Samtidskunst (Oslo, 2017); Altus Duel: Total Environment, Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne, 2014); Maximalist Ritualist (with Carla Cescon), Australian Experimental Art Foundation (Adelaide, 2012); and Lord Owl, Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown (Sydney, 2010).
Selected group exhibitions include Second Sight: Witchcraft, Ritual, Power, UQ Art Museum (Brisbane, 2019); Ruler, rete, Arndt Art Agency, (Berlin 2019); What Remains, Fotogalleriet, (Oslo 2017); Remedial Works, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (Perth, 2017); Erewhon, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne 2016 and touring NetsVIC to 2018); The Mnemonic Mirror, Griffith University Art Gallery and UTS (Brisbane and Sydney 2016); Magic Object, Adelaide Biennial, (Adelaide, 2016); Dämmerschlaf, Artspace (Sydney, 2016); Neverwhere, Gaia Gallery, (Istanbul 2015); Writing Art, Artspace (Sydney, 2015); Unstable Parts in an Unfriendly Place, Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown (Sydney, 2013); Un-Acclimatised, Monash University Museum of Art (Melbourne, 2012); and Neo Goth: Back in Black, University of Queensland Art Museum (Brisbane, 2008). Her work is held in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), Buxton Contemporary (Melbourne), 10 Cubed (Melbourne), Monash University Museum of Art (Melbourne), and Artbank (Sydney). Milledge has been awarded a number of grants and scholarships, and was one of the inaugural Artspace studio resident artists in 2015.