Joanne Handley artist portrait

Joanne Handley is an Australian contemporary artist interested in existential questions about the human condition. Handley’s cross-disciplinary practice draws from avant-garde cinema, counter-culture references and quantum physics to navigate the machinations of modern life and its evolving social landscape – investigations spanning a range of contemporary confluence from the speculative interventions of technology, visual rhetoric and the commodification of popular culture to the romance of personal revolution and desire.

Handley has staged solo exhibitions in Australia and the United States and participated in international projects and group shows at the New York Hall of Science, USA; Artists Space, New York; Contemporary Art Museum at the Institute for Research in Art, USF, USA; Art House Tacheles, Berlin; Stedelijk Museum, Roermond; Dynamic International Museum of Contemporary Art, Italy; Center for Maine Contemporary Art, USA; Wollongong City Gallery; Macquarie University Gallery; SOFA Gallery, Australian National University; Gallery 4A Asia-Australia Arts Centre and the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

In 2015, Handley’s neon light installation 21 Breaths was selected as the feature artwork for Vivid Sydney’s Official Media Launch at Sydney Opera House. 21 Breaths also featured in ‘Vivid Path To the Future’ at The Seymour Centre, University of Sydney as part of Sydney Vivid Light Festival (2015), was a finalist in the inaugural Paramor Prize: Art + Innovation, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (2015), shortlisted for London International Creative Competition (2014), and an Artslant Prize 1st Showcase Winner [Sculpture] (2015). In 2016, her photographic work Untitled (Orange) was selected by curators Arpad Kovacs (Getty Museum) and Peter Frank (Huffington Post) for the Ten Artists To Watch exhibition at Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, received 2nd Place honours in the International Photography (IPA) and Tokyo International Foto Awards, and was a finalist in the Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award.

Handley completed a MFA at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales (2004) for which she undertook research in the United States. She has taught at fine arts institutions in Australia and the US and is currently a lecturer at UNSW Australia | Art & Design and the National Art School, Sydney.

Joanne Handley’s work is held in private and public collections nationally and internationally.