MS Simone Slee

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  • Academic

Research expertise

  • Sculpture, Installation, Performance, Space (humour, performativity, photography, ephemeral)
Simone Slee makes work that has its origins in sculpture. She produces installations, photographs, videos and sculptural objects that often engage the body and have a performance potential. Her practice investigates concepts of abfunction; a term she coined where abfunction is a generative move away from concepts of function within the production and effect of an artwork. In her practice, this has led to the surprizing and unexpected functions and effects of objects or actions. At other times, the effects of absurdity, embarrassment, instability and endurance have been generated through the artwork. Space--the private, public and institutional; provide a field in which these sculptural gestures are often performed. Simone has completed a PhD from the University of Melbourne and has attended the Staedelschule, Frankfurt am Main as a guest student of Professor Ayse Erkmen (2004-6), after being awarded the Anne and Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship (2004). She has a Masters of Arts (Research) from RMIT University (2002), a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art (Sculpture) from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University (1995), and Bachelor of Applied Science (Landscape Architecture) from RMIT (1988), Melbourne. Simone has exhibited nationally and internationally in India and Germany. Most recently she completed an artist in residence at Berlin Glas e.V., Berlin, representing Australia in the Australia Now - Germany 2017 DFAT celebration of culture and has had solo representations of her work at: Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) (2016), the Margaret Lawrence Gallery, VCA (2015). Other recent solo exhibitions include: Hold UP, (2013), Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne and in 2012 she represented Sarah Scout with a solo exhibition, How long, at the India Art Fair, New Delhi, India. Her work, Houses that are happy to help with at least one of the possible problems of art, (2010) was exhibited at Atelier Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main Notable group exhibitions notably include: Fabrik, (2015), Propositions for and Uncertain Future, (2010), curated by Lyndal Jones at the Mockeridge Fountain, Melbourne City Square; Private Space, Common Space at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery (2008), VCA, University Of Melbourne, curated by Rebecca Coates; Yoko Ono, Dream Universe, Portikus, and Made in Frankfurt, Museum Giersch both curated by Nikola Dietrich in Frankfurt am Main, (2005). Her project On, (a series of bill boards) was showcased as one of the key Visual Arts Program projects by curator Juliana Engberg, in the 2003 Melbourne International Festival and was concurrently included in the Orifice exhibition at ACCA. Simone Slee is represented by Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne.

Subject Areas

  • Arts and Leisure not elsewhere classified
  • Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)

Available for supervision

- Simone’s research students have an interest in: sculpture; the body; performance; photography; video; materiality; space; process and installation. She warmly welcomes future research students with this shared enquiry.

Contact Details

Phone Number: 9035 9491


A wallaby once sat here: small acts of celebration and concern - ecology and the feminine
Start: Friday, November 25th 2016 End: Saturday, December 10th 2016
Drawing Wall #23: SImone Slee
Start: Saturday, May 21st 2016 End: Saturday, August 13th 2016
Fabrik: Performative approaches to textiles
Start: Thursday, March 3rd 2016 End: Friday, April 1st 2016
Help a Sculpture
Start: Thursday, July 23rd 2015 End: Friday, July 31st 2015
How Long
Start: Friday, October 3rd 2014 End: Saturday, October 25th 2014
Hold UP
Start: Friday, August 15th 2014 End: Saturday, October 11th 2014
4 residents and a dog that are happy to help with at least one of the possible problems of making a shape
Start: Sunday, December 8th 2013 End: Saturday, December 14th 2013
Hold UP
Start: Thursday, October 10th 2013 End: Friday, November 8th 2013
How Long - You Carry it with You
Start: Friday, April 19th 2013 End: Wednesday, May 15th 2013
mes amis, mes amies, kuenstlersammlungen, Sammlung Michael Jaeger
Start: Saturday, September 15th 2012 End: Saturday, September 22nd 2012
Start: Thursday, April 12th 2012 End: Saturday, May 26th 2012
Lost for Words
Start: Tuesday, February 21st 2012 End: Thursday, March 22nd 2012
How Long
Start: Tuesday, January 24th 2012 End: Saturday, January 28th 2012
Something Nowhere
Start: Friday, August 5th 2011 End: Thursday, September 1st 2011
Start: Friday, September 24th 2010 End: Friday, November 5th 2010
How long can I hold this up
Start: Tuesday, June 15th 2010 End: Sunday, July 11th 2010
Start: Wednesday, October 7th 2009 End: Saturday, October 31st 2009
Start: Monday, October 6th 2008 End: Thursday, October 30th 2008
Common Space, Private Space
Start: Thursday, September 4th 2008 End: Friday, October 3rd 2008
Die Sammlung Rausch, It takes someone to make something
Start: Saturday, July 14th 2007 End: Saturday, September 8th 2007
Bird Girls
Start: Friday, April 27th 2007 End: Friday, May 18th 2007
Before the Body -- Matter
Start: Thursday, November 30th 2006 End: Tuesday, March 13th 2007
David Harley and Simone Slee
Start: Saturday, August 5th 2006 End: Friday, August 18th 2006
Start: Sunday, February 5th 2006 End: Sunday, February 26th 2006
Help a Sculpture
Start: Thursday, February 2nd 2006 End: Saturday, February 25th 2006
Made in Frankfurt
Start: Friday, July 22nd 2005 End: Monday, September 5th 2005
Lehrer - Klasse Prof. Ayse Erkmen, No Big Deal
Start: Sunday, June 26th 2005 End: Saturday, August 13th 2005
Yoko Ono Dream Universe
Start: Wednesday, June 1st 2005 End: Saturday, June 25th 2005
Start: Thursday, October 9th 2003 End: Friday, October 24th 2003
Less is More

Education and Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy PhD. , University of Melbourne, 2017
  • Master of Arts MA , Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 2002
  • Arts in Fine Art BaFA , University of Melbourne, 1995
  • Applied Science (Landscape Architecture) BaAppSci (LA) , Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 1988

Awards and honours

  • Grant to support exhibition at AtelierFrankfurt and publication of Simone Slee catalogue in Frankfurt, Germany, Arts Victoria, 2010
  • Awarded for PhD, Help a Sculpture and other abfunctional potentials, APA, 2007
  • Scholarship to study as a Guest Student of Professor Ayse Erkmen at the Staedelschule fur Bildende Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Anne and Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship, 2004