Tarryn Gill is a Western Australian based multidisciplinary artist who makes artworks spanning the mediums of sculpture, installation, photography, film, drawing, set and costume design and performance. Psychoanalytic ideas have long played a role in Gill’s work and she is interested in art making as a bridge between the conscious & unconscious. Her theatrical aesthetics, materials and processes are informed by her background in dance from the ages of 5-25. She draws on this source material to assert the power and value of the feminine and the personal.
Through her solo and collaborative practices, Tarryn has exhibited works and undertaken residency projects across Australia, in Argentina, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States. In 2020 Tarryn was commissioned by the Fremantle Arts Centre & Department of Culture & the Arts WA to make her most ambitious sculptures to date. These three large scale works, Limber 1,2,3, were acquired by the Art Gallery of Western Australia and presented in The View From Here, a 2021 survey of contemporary art from WA. A series of subsequent works were presented in her first Sydney solo exhibition Dream State, in 2021 at Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert. In 2021 she was also the winner of the acquisitive invitation art award 15 Artists at Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, Queensland with a reclining figure Limber (Bather).
In 2016 Tarryn’s sculptural works were included in the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Magic Object, Samstag Museum with numerous works acquired by the Art Gallery of South Australia. These works were then shown in a solo exhibition at AGSA in early 2019.
Tarryn was the 2016 winner of the $30,000 Acquisitive Bankwest Art Prize for Sculpture in Perth, WA and she was commissioned by Artbank to produce a large-scale sculpture for their collection in 2017. In collaboration with Pilar Mata Dupont, Tarryn made work for the 17th Biennale of Sydney and they won the Basil Sellers Art Prize in 2010. They held a ten year retrospective of their work at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art in 2011.
In partnership with Thea Costantino and Pilar as collective Hold Your Horses, Tarryn made work commissioned by the Akademie der Künste, Berlin for the exhibition Wagner 2013 Künstlerpositionen. Notably, Tarryn has also exhibited work at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Art Gallery of Western Australia; the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.
Tarryn is represented in Australian collections including Artbank, Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Bankwest, City of Perth, Curtin University, Kerry Stokes Collection, Murdoch University, Queensland Art Gallery, Stadiums Queensland, Wesfarmer Arts and numerous private collections.