Biennale of Sydney

Clare Milledge

Clare Milledge, The Jayapura Room & Thurible Mother, 2016, oil on toughened glass, hemp rope, recycled copper cauldrons, earth, acrylic paint, hand-dyed hessian, bronze close-readers, callitris columellaris resin, beeswax, dimensions variable. Installation view for Dämmerschlaf at Artspace, Sydney. Supported by Artspace and Australia Council for the Arts. Courtesy the artist and STATION, Australia. Photograph: Zan Wimberley.
Clare Milledge, I am an infant: who but I peeps from the unhewn dolmen, arch? I am the tomb: of every hope, 2019, recycled textiles, paint rags, wood, acrylic, ink, miscellaneous found objects, sound, dimensions variable. Installation view for Second Sight: Witchcraft, Ritual, Power at UQ Art Museum, Brisbane. Supported by UQ Art Museum and the Australia Council for the Arts. In collaboration with Luke Pigliacampo. Courtesy the artist and STATION, Australia. Photograph: Carl Warner.
Clare Milledge, I am a wizard: who but I sets the cool head aflame with smoke? 2018, oil on the reverse of recycled tempered glass, bronze close-readers, steel, 47.7 x 57 x 6 cm. Courtesy the artist and STATION, Australia. Photograph: Jessica Maurer

Clare Milledge

Born 1977 in Sydney, Australia
Lives in Bundjalung Country (Broken Head, Australia) on the lands of the Arakwal people, and the Eora Nation (Paddington, Australia) on the lands of the Bidjigal and Gadigal people


Clare Milledge's work re-examines contemporary environments with a focus on our engagement with ecology through art, in particular through the use of the historical figure of the artist-shaman. Working with fieldwork as her primary methodology she collects, re-organises, transforms and re-presents recordings, information and material gathered on ecological surveys and site visits. Her research output takes the form of public installation environments that variously incorporate glass paintings, textile works, costumes, sets, collaborative experimental sound and performance.