Working within painting, drawing and sculpture Darcey Bella Arnold’s practice is informed by experience and research. Beginning with the personal as a departure point, Arnold’s work drifts between intimacy, language, art history and pedagogical theses. The text used in Arnold’s paintings is fluid, the use of diacritic marks and the misuse of the English language leaves narrative open for interpretation, intentionally, and language becomes a configuration in the creation of a compositional image. Her exhibitions are often project-based bodies of research, which glean from histories and theories to create extensive bodies of work.
Darcey completed a BFA, Drawing at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne (2007), and a BFA, Honours at Monash University, Melbourne (2009).
Select solo exhibitions include: A Measure of Disorder, Gertrude Glasshouse, Melbourne (2022); me say edit be, ReadingRoom, Melbourne (2020); My Mother’s Labour, Sutton Gallery Project Space, Melbourne (2018); Folded brick, Neon Parc Project Space, 215 Albion St, Darcey Bella Arnold and Deimantas Narkevičius (LTU) curated by Paulius Andriuškevičius and Nicholas Kleindienst (2018); Talking with the Taxman About Poetry, Testing Grounds, Melbourne Arts Precinct (2017).
Select group exhibitions include: The Churchie Award, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2022); Geelong Contemporary Art Prize, Geelong Gallery, Victoria (2022); If Not At Arm’s Length, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2022); Sikås Biennale, Sikås Art Centre, Jämtland, Sweden (2020).
Darcey is a 2020-2023 Gertrude Studio Artist, Gertrude Contemporary, and is represented by ReadingRoom Naarm/Melbourne. She lives and works in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia.
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