PUBLIC ARTIST & EXPERIENCE COLLABORATOR
Louisa Magrics is known for her giant weblike crochet-based installations which can be walked around and/or under, watched and sometimes even heard. At Vivid 2018, her illuminated installation, Hyperweb, more than eight metres wide, hovered six metres in the air and incorporated a soundscape of samples from its site at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden.
EVENTS & OUTDOOR EXHIBITIONS
Magrics’ work has been experienced at many other events, including at the Mushroom Valley Festival (Mackay, QLD); Sculpture at Scenic World outdoor gallery exhibition (Katoomba, NSW); Lost Paradise Festival (Glenworth Valley, NSW); Regrowth Music Festival (Muswellbrook, NSW); and as a stage installation at the This is Not Art/TiNA Festival (Newcastle, NSW).
Magrics’ site-specific crochet installations explore the relationships between mathematical patterns, shapes and musical concepts. Magrics is also an experienced musician, more specifically a drummer. Ideas of rhythm are embedded into her woven crochet forms, resulting in three-dimensional geometric patterns. In outdoor situ, her web works ‘breathe’ in response to breezes, creating a focused meditative space. It is important to pay homage to the extraordinary number of hours of ‘meditative moments’ crocheting requires for the scale of these works to be created. This lengthy process itself conveys an intrinsic message, one of the importance of slowing down and allowing time for creativity and connection to occur.
QUALIFICATIONS & AWARDS
Magrics is currently studying a PhD in Fine Art at the University of Newcastle. Louisa graduated the University of Newcastle with First Class Honours and received the Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize in 2015. She was also a Highly Commended finalist in the 2016 Hatched: National Graduate Show at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art.
“Louisa Magrics could easily crochet a brand new galaxy.”
– Jill Stowell, Newcastle Herald
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