The residency began in September and involved facilitating a community artmaking project using print media around the idea of ‘What We Know’ at the Liverpool Women's Resource Centre. She was made a Research Affiliate to coordinate and complete the project at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. The final printing will be undertaken at Sydney College of the Arts in November - December 2016 and exhibited at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in 2017.
In November she co-curated and exhibited in ‘Flag Wavering', at SLOT space in Alexandria, to coincide with the outcome of the US presidntial election on November the 8th. The exhibited work examined the American flag as a visual and historic symbol. In the show she exhibited three carton works from her US residency in 2015, along with new carton and bottle works in paper-pulp, gouache and watercolour applied with stencilling and brush.
In May she had a work titled ‘Welcome US’ selected for the Print Council of Australia Print Commission Program by Roger Butler, Senior Curator, Australian Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Australia and John Loane, Master Printer and artist, Viridian Press.
In October - November 2015 she undertook an artist’s residency at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York creating three bodies of work. Two in sculpture, utilising papermaking and found objects, and the third, images in printmedia.
In 2014 she was a finalist in the Fremantle Print Award and Silk Cut Lino Award. During the same year she undertook a six-month project, (selected by Marrickville Council in 2013), working with her local community, to create an installation work, ‘The Portal,’ for the ArtSeat in Newtown Square. An article about the project by Kate Gorringe – Smith, (Editor) was published in the 2014 Summer Imprint, published by the Print Council of Australia, along with an image from the work on the cover.
Pia Larsen, Findings in Paper, a Geology of Text and Image, + cover image, Kate Gorringe - Smith, Imprint, Summer, vol 49, no. 4, p.18, PCA.
In 2013 Pia created the sculpture ‘makes ‘em think’ (Arthur Stace), in response to an invitation to exhibit in the Eternity show at the Damien Minton Gallery. She was intrigued with the idea that he probably wrote the word Eternity 500,000 times, over a period of 35 years and used repetition and overlay in the form and shadow on the wall behind the piece to capture and recreate those erased renderings. The title derives from knowing that Arthur Stace wanted people to think when they read the word Eternity, written in his distinctive copperplate script on the streets of Sydney. His Christian Faith is serendipitously conveyed through the similarity between the first T in my piece and the Christian Cross. Sydney City Council purchased the work.
The image reconfigured two of the sculptural carton works from her artist’s residency at the WSW in New York. The title, ‘Welcome US’ is conferred as a slogan of hope against the reflex to exclude. The PCA promoted the Commissioned works through National venues, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Canopy Art Centre QLD, University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery QLD, West Gallery Thebarton SA, Port Jackson Press Print Gallery VIC & Megalo Print Studio + Gallery ACT.
December 2, 2015 by Chelsea Campbell
‘Their Loss is Our Loss’ was a month-long exhibition timed to coincide with ANZAC Day, a National Day to commemorate sacrifice. It was specifically installed in SLOT because of its proximity to Redfern and Redfern's long association with Indigenous people and their history in Sydney.
In this work an Indigenous Honour Roll, (created for the exhibition, ‘The Coloured Digger II’, at the Damien Minton Gallery in Redfern) formed part of something immense in scope, that reaches far back in time and celebrates Indigenous people and their culture in Australia today.
The project was supported by Tony Twigg, Director of SLOT and Anie Nheu curator for the 2017 SLOT exhibition program and received the Eckersley’s Art & Craft Prize, through the NSW Artist’s Grant program, NAVA/Arts NSW.
I was granted permission to use the colours of the Australian Aboriginal Flag by Pastor Ray Minniecon, (Redfern ANZAC Day march Coordinator), when I first conceived of an ‘Indigenous Poppy’ for the exhibition at the Damien Minton Gallery.
Portrait (Pia Larsen reading) - City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco
Photographer/Artist: Analia Gutierrez