Louise Paramor – Biography

Louise Paramor’s works seek to challenge the conventional associations surrounding discarded objects through an interest in their transformative potential. She explores ideas of feminine desire, seduction, romantic clichés, consumerism, and globalized culture through range of assemblages, collages, paintings, installations, and public artwork constructed of found objects and ephemeral materials.1

 

Described as alien, bizarre, beautiful, surreal Paramor’s visual language makes reference to society’s creation of the ephemeral material object. She looks at domestic and industrial remain and their associated spaces with a concern for the discarded, transience, and mass consumption. She has a preference for plastic as a material, not only for its colour, surface, and potential as a sculpting material, but also for its varied associations.2

 

Of Paramor’s work, Chris McAuliffe has stated: “It’s more a case of finding subjects that don’t know that they’re sculptures and convincing them to be something more.”3 Paramor’s intricate creations are certainly imbued with this notion, creating new meaning in a seemingly effortless manner. Referencing movements that span Cubism, Constructivism, Dada, Paramor’s diverse works have a quality reminiscent of Duchamp’s readymade with an added Pop aesthetic, and speak a language all their own. 4

 

Louise Paramor holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the Western Australian Institute of Technology (1985) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Sculpture from the Victorian College of the Arts (1988).

 

Paramor has participated in many solo and group exhibitions including: Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); Louise Paramor: Emporium – A survey exhibition 1990-2013, The Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Melbourne (2013); and the Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Lorne, Victoria (2014).   Paramor’s work is held in several significant collections in Australia including the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Victoria and the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.

 

 

  1. Soumilas, Diane. “Residual History.” Louise Paramor: Emporium. Glen Eira City Council Gallery, 2013, pp. 5.
  2. Ibid., 2013, pp. 5.
  3. Crawford, Ashley. “Louise Paramor: Beautiful Ugly, Ugly Beautiful.” Art Collector, 37, July-September 2006, URL: http://www.artcollector.net.au/LouiseParamorBeautifulUglyUglyBeautiful.
  4. Soumilas, Diane. “Residual History.” Louise Paramor: Emporium. Glen Eira City Council Gallery, 2013, pp. 5.

 

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