Museum of Brisbane

Mammoth: Arryn Snowball

  • 13 Nov 2017 - 25 Feb 2018
  • 10am - 5pm
  • Free
  • Museum Entry

Inspired by Brisbane poet Nathan Shepherdson, the Museum’s current Artist-in-Residence Arryn Snowball has created a series of striking text works now on show.

Mammoth: Arryn Snowball

While Artist-in-Residence at the Museum, Arryn Snowball drew on conversations with friend, Brisbane poet, Nathan Shepherdson which were inspired by the Queensland fishing bible, Grant’s Guide to Fishes, as the catalyst for a series of work that explores text as a subject and basis for his painting practice

The final work, Mammoth features text abstracted into a series of shapes, broken patterns and rhythms and is new territory for Snowball’s practice.

Snowball is a multidisciplinary artist whose paintings and new media works often begin as meditations on simple phenomena such as sheets blowing in the wind or steam rising from a kettle.

Arryn has a Doctorate of Visual Arts from the Queensland College of Art, where he taught painting from 2005-2012. He has been awarded the Melville Haysom Memorial Art Scholarship, from the Queensland Art Gallery (2004), a year in residence at the Tokyo National School of Art and Music (2008), the Australia Council’s residency in Rome (2013). His work has been included in group exhibitions in Australia, Europe and Japan. Arryn currently divides his time between Australia and Berlin.

Museum of Brisbane’s Artist-in-Residence was launched in June 2017 and is a month-long residency, followed by an exhibition, open to artists and creatives from all disciplines.

To find out more about the program or how to apply, visit our information page.

Museum of Brisbane’s Artist-in-Residence program is generously supported by Mr Tim Fairfax AC and donors.

Previous Artists-in-Residence

Yannick Blattner

Yannick was in residence at the Museum in August/September 2017 to create a new installation Stay til the sun sets.

Stay till the sun sets is a body of work that highlights Yannick Blattner’s spreading interests in Queensland’s subtropical culture. Familiar motifs, repeated patterns and cultural references are explored with humour and satire through modified objects and painting. The work examines a climate that is simultaneously idyllic and unforgiving, focusing on the temporal and phenomenological experiences and rituals of sub-tropical living. Blattner assesses the imagery and symbols of leisure items to analyse how they interpret larger cultural norms and social dynamics. Playing a game of function versus form, and culture as commodity, the work has resulted in sincere critique on the never-ending routines of subtropical weather.

Yannick Blattner’s multi-disciplinary practice spans sculpture, installation, performance, video and painting. A graduate of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2014, he has exhibited locally and nationally, and has been a finalist in both the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize (2015) and the Gold Coast Art Prize (2015).

Elysha Rei

Elysha was in residence at the Museum in June 2017 to create a new installation work in her practice of paper-cutting – a practice which is inspired by her mixed Japanese-Australian heritage.

Elysha Rei is a Japanese-Australian visual artist whose work draws upon her mixed heritage and transition between places, cultures and communities. With a curiosity to examine her identity within a Japanese aesthetic, Elysha’s work uses symbolic animals, plants and patterns. By placing these natural elements within new environments, she aims to question notions of ‘tradition’ and attachment to ‘place’, creating visual interpretations of her experienced cultural hybridity.


Find out more about Museum of Brisbane's Artist-in-Residence program

Visit the Artist-in-Residence information page.