Mariana del Castillo

A Rare Occurrence (detail)


Mixed media

The installation has five (5) figures


Recipient of 2017 artsACT grant
Grateful to : Jessica Zdanowicz from Essential threadand Alex Asch 

Photo credit: Sean Davey

Photo by Alex Asch


Mariana graduated with a BA from the ANU School of Art in 1989. She has had many solo exhibitions including 2018 Chutespace M16 Artspace, 2017 Feral Gaze, Jas Hugonnet Gallery, Her soundtrack, The Bearded Tit, Redfern, 2016 Fugitive Faith, Fitters Workshop, Remnants of a ritual past, CCAS and invited to exhibit A conscripted oath, CMAG and Concept Costume Designer ‘Red dress’ Production, Denmark. Group exhibitions- 2018 All we Can’t See (illustrating Naura files), 2012/15 Small sculpture, Beaver Galleries, Bad Girls CCAS, and Something in the air, CMAG. Grants to fund her work including 2018 Arts ACT to fund outdoor sculptures for CONTOUR 556. In 2015-18 invited to showcase in NERAM Packsaddle exhibition, 2015 Footy Fever at CCAS; Art + Climate = change at the Australian Galleries, Melbourne. Finalist in the 2017 Woolahra Small Sculpture prize, 2017 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Domain Project in 2008 and 2009 CAPO recipient for Rosalie Gascoigne award and the 2017 CAPO Macquarie Wealth Award. In 2017 she was invited as project artist to BIGHart, Project O, 2016-20 as arts tutor for the ADF arts for therapy program. Her works are held in public and private collections in Australia, U.K, Ecuador, USA, Germany and Denmark.


I was drawn to Aspen Island on Lake Burley Griffith as the site for my installation. The shoreline looks out at the two smaller adjacent island that are unnamed. The site is visited by birds that feel safe in the isolation of surrounding water. My installation is comprised of five human size sculptural works; a melding of human and bird forms undergoing a metamorphosis into magic realism. This installation references the local Indigenous possum skinned cloaks and the abundant bird life of Lake Burley Griffith. 

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