Pia Larsen is an artist based in Sydney who works with printmedia, paper, photography, text and metal. Her practice encompasses images, small-scale sculpture and installation environments. Her work draws from an interest in people, place and language in projects that engage with history, cultural practice and geo-politics.
In 2004 she completed her studies for a Master of Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney and in 2005 first exhibited with the Damien Minton Gallery in Sydney. In 2006 she exhibited work from her MVA at the ANU School of Art Foyer Gallery and in 2009 had her MVA thesis acquired by the Joe Spence Memorial Archive, London. She has a Diploma in Education (Art), 1993, a Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts, (external supervisor, Mike Parr), 1991, and a BA (Visual Art), 1988.
In April 2017 she staged an installation work to coincide with ANZAC Day at SLOT window gallery near Redfern, titled, ‘Their Loss is Our Loss’. The work pays homage to Indigenous people and their culture in Australia’s recent white history and their presence as the first Australians long before the British arrived. The project was supported by the Eckersley’s Art & Craft Prize, through the NSW Artist’s Grant program, NAVA/Arts NSW.
In 2016 she undertook an artist residency for The Motion Room, (Think + Do Tank Foundation) facilitating a community artmaking project around the idea of ‘What We Know’, funded by the Australia Council for the Arts. The work in printmedia will be exhibited at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in 2017. She also co-curated and exhibited in ‘Flag Wavering’, a group show that examined the United States flag as a visual and historic symbol, to coincide with the US election at SLOT.
During 2015 she undertook an artist’s residency at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York creating three bodies of work. Two were in sculpture, utilising papermaking and found objects, and the third, images in printmedia. A digital work completed in 2016, selected for the PCA Print Commission, reconfigured two of the sculptural carton works from the residency. The title, ‘Welcome US’ is conferred as a slogan of hope against the reflex to exclude.
She has exhibited widely over the past twenty years in solo and group shows, commercial galleries and ARIs and was represented by the Damien Minton Gallery from 2008 – 2012. She has had work acquired by Sydney City Council, Art Bank, Print Council of Australia, State Library Collection, Victoria, Artspace Mackay, Canson Australia (Corporate Collection), Friends of Wagga Wagga Art Gallery (who donate their prints to the Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery), Grafton Regional Gallery, UWS Macarthur, and the WSW, New York.