ROSSOCINABRO | Biography | Isabel O'Brien | Australia
Contemporary Art in Rome

Isabel O'Brien 

Artist Statement

Isabel is an Australian artist who works with photography and mixed media. Looking to the natural landscape for inspiration, her recent works often incorporate drawing and painting. Whilst predominantly working with photography, her work is deeply informed by her studies - Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture) and Masters in Art in Public Space. This background of working with space and physical objects greatly influences the work with photography, not only within the image but also how the final work transpires as a tangible object. O’Brien has always been interested in exploring the way people read images and disrupting this through engaging/incorporating the viewer into the work. Such as making the surface of a work reflective so the viewers own image looks back at themselves within the image.



2006 Masters of Art In Public Space, RMIT University

1997 Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) Hons, Sculpture/Audio Visual, Curtin University


Solo Exhibitions

2019 Quiet Protest, Ballarat Foto Biennale, Open Program

2018 Re-Thought, Carlisle Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne

2014 Vignettes & Others, Dogs Bar, Melbourne

2012 Lost Works, Provenance, Melbourne

2010 Au Revoir, House Gallery 284, Melbourne

2009 Deliquesce, Light & Dark Thoughts on Photography, Dogs Bar, Melbourne

2008 Wandering In & Out of The Light, Area Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne


Selected Group Exhibitions & Projects

2019 Ilford CCP Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

2018 Idiot Pack Noise, BrightSpace Gallery, St Kilda Ilford CCP Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

2017 A Whole Different Animal, BrightSpace Gallery, St Kilda 34th Annual Sculptural Survey, Gomboc Gallery, Middle Swan, WA

2014 Mexican Billboard Deconstruction, Trocadero Art Space, Footscray Darlington Arts Festival 51st Invited Exhibition, Darlington, WA

2013 Landscape of Memory, Trocadero Art Space, Footscray

2011 Public art development/collaboration, Mexico City/Oaxaca/Mazunte, Mexico Purlieu, Clip Award finalist, Perth Centre for Contemporary Photography, Perth

2010 Tete e Tete, Mine Own Executioner, Mundaring Arts Centre, Perth Shifted, Moving Project, Maroondah City Council, Vic

2009 December, Perth Centre for Photography, Perth Tattersall’s Contemporary Art Prize, Williamstown Festival, Substation Arts Centre

2008 The Garden Party, Studio Annual Exhibition, The Gallery, St Kilda Shifting Tableaux (2), Sustainable Living Festival, Federation Square, Melbourne Fear, Masks & New Beginnings, Toyota Community Spirit Gallery, Port Melbourne

2007 Shifting Tableaux (1), Mindful Terrains, Dandenong Laneway Public Art Project Lightchasers – Photography group show, Brunswick St Gallery, Melbourne Head On Alternative Portraits, Finalist, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney

2006 Temporary Installation, Xianyang Cultural Exchange (RMIT), Xianyang, China St Kilda Studio’s Annual Exhibition, Gallery M, South Melbourne Mosaic, Public Art Commission for building entry, Perth

2005 Sile Mural Project (RMIT), Sile, Turkey Weft, Installation, Hardwick Building art interventions, Brunswick, Melbourne

2004 The Space Between, Edith Cowan University, Perth

1999 Rebirth- Celebrating a Century of Change, The Moores Building, Fremantle

1997 Annual Sculpture Survey, Gomboc Gallery, Middle Swan

1996 Curtin University Graduate Show, Jacksue Gallery, Fremantle

1995 Site Works, Gomboc Gallery, Middle Swan



34th Annual Exhibtion Sculpture Survey 2017, Gomboc Gallery, Advanced Press. Outer Site: The Intercultural Projects of RMIT Art in Public Space, Ed. Geoff Hogg & Kristen Sharp, McCulloch & McCulloch, 2010; RMIT Arts Union Quarterly, 2005; ART: Postgraduate 2006, School of Art RMIT University, RMIT University Press; Head On Alternative Portraits, 2007; Toyota Magazine Community Spirit, 2008


Lookers (Cuba)

giclée print

70 x 100 cm

Available works



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