Michelle Ussher 


I am a painter making ceramics and sounds that hint at the mischievous. They work as tools for flirting, to tease out a recognisable feminine creative form. Working from an understanding of ontological metamorphosis that means  transformation as a way of being, I am scrutinising dominant perspectives of feminine symbols found in Western European thought and its art-objects, in order to decolonise representations of feminine sexuality and recontextualise marginalised creative ways of being. By mingling personal mythologies with philosophical, psychoanalytic and spiritual ones, hierarchical boundaries mutate for reimagining visual and sonic configurations of bodily subjectivity.

Born Moree, lives and works in Lond
2021 Master of Aesthetics and Art Theory, Centre of Research in European Philosophy, Kingston University
2002 Bachelor of Arts Fine Arts (Honours), Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne
1999 Bachelor of Arts Fine Arts (Painting), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
1994-95 Bachelor of Arts Industrial Design, University of Newcastle
Recent Exhibitions
2023 Thin Skin, curated by Jennifer Higgie, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne
2022 Afterburner, Station Gallery, Sydney
2020 Making Her Mark, curated by Victoria Lynn, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville
2019 Michelle Ussher, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
2018 TarraWarra Biennial 2018: From Will to Form, curated by Emily McCormack, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville
Another Dimension, curated by Simon Lawrie, McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery, Langwarrin
2017 Out of the ordinary, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2016 The Green Ray, curated by Andrew Hunt for Wilkinson, London
An exhibition of colour and light, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
2015 The Mind goes out to Meet itself, Artspace, Sydney
Casual Conversations, Minerva, Sydney
2014 Yellow Eyes Burn and Return, TarraWarra Museum, Healesville
The White Hotel, curated by Lucy Stein & Simon Bayliss, Gimpel Fils, London
2013 Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Lion & Lamb Summer Saloon, Lion & Lamb, London, Miami Art Fair, Miami
2012 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, curated by Alexie Glass & Natasha Bullock, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
2011 Hysteria, Laughter and a sense of Seriousness, curated by Mareike Dittmer & Raphael Gygax, Karma International & Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich
2010 SV10: Members Show, selected by Rebecca Warren & Jennifer Higgie, Studio Voltaire, London.
Home Project
, Tomaso Anfossi, Bono Cairoli 17 | 20127, Milan
2008 Present Elsewhere, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne
, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth
Recent Awards and Residencies
2020-21 Artist-in-Residence, West Dean College Arts & Conservation, Edward James Estate, West Sussex
2015-20 Fire Station Work/Live Residency, Acme, London
2016 Artist Development Fund, Arts Council England
Phasmid Studio, Berlin, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne
2015 British School at Rome, Australia Council for the Arts Award
2013 New Work Grant, Australia Council for the Arts
2023- Associate Lecturer, Foundation Painting, Central Saint Martins, London
2021- Critical Studies Lead DACC, West Dean College Arts & Conservation, Edward James Estate, West Sussex
2021- Guest Lecturer, Royal College of Art, London
2019- Painting Tutor DACC/MFA, West Dean College Arts & Conservation, Edward James Estate, West Sussex
2016-18 Guest Lecturer, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne
2016 Guest Lecturer, Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts London
2015 Guest Lecturer, School of Art & Design, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham
2014 Guest Tutor, Art School, Turps Banana, London
2009 Guest Tutor, School of Fine Art, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Melbourne
Artist Support and Assisting
2014- Artist Support Officer, Acme, London
2008-10 Artist Assistant, David Noonan, London
2003-05 Artist Assistant, John Zerung Young, Melbourne
Public Collections
Art Gallery NSW, Australia
NGV, National Gallery of Victoria, Australia
AGSA, Art Gallery of South Australia
AGWA, National Gallery of Western Australia
MUMA, Monash University Museum of Art, Australia
Art & Australia
Artbank Australia
Buxton Contemporary
Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, Australia
Credit Suisse