* Margarita Sampson | Stanley Street Gallery

* Margarita Sampson

Represented by Stanley Street Gallery

Margarita Sampson was raised on Norfolk Island, and the varied sea life made an indelible impression on her as a small child. As an adult, her sculptural and jewellery work draws upon this rich visual vocabulary. All works are meticulously hand-made by the artist, comprising of hand and machine sewn textiles. In the 'Infectious Desires' series the found furniture is sawn & altered, re-carved & gilded before being overlaid with textile ‘landscapes’

Margarita sampson

In the ‘Infectious Desires' series an imaginary literary salon is over-run by soft textile growths: chair forms warp and stagger, mutate and support colonies, a coral reef crawls over a broken love-seat. Competing colonies vie for space, crowd each other out, compromise, adjust. In this other-world, tet-a-tetes become viral exchanges, ideas climb the wallpaper. Soft growths eat holes into upholstery. Further afield, small growths run up air-ducts, window frames, a person's collar (who leaves the space). Natural patterns are warped, the man-made crumbles under an invasive eco-system in flux. Built structures are warped, broken, reconfigured, re-imagined. "I see the paradigm that humans are presently living under as being unsustainable, the way we have managed over time to insulate ourselves from ‘the outside’…as if there is such a thing! There’s no ‘nature’ vs ‘us’! Until we properly understand that, we’ll continue to treat everything around us as a resource, as something which can be exploited. The world is ourselves.” In this series, the invented dichotomies are brought into collision – the chaotic, organic, changeable, exterior ‘other’ comes to bear upon the ordered, the known, the interior, the safe.

This collision also becomes personal and body-centric – the works are suggestive, sexual, lascivious, disordered, discomforting, hairy, hiding/sporting satin orifices, budlike forms or penile extrusions which over-run the wooden chair-borders. Messy bodies overwhelm their constraints. The works invoke glamour, luxury & seduction with a disconcerting smack of the uncanny. ‘Glamour is the strict control of the body or the environment, sublimated to an ideal– there’s no body fluids or stains in glamour. It’s about boundaries, zones of comfort. We feel we are betrayed by our bodies- a lot of this work is about my own aging, my body, about death and disease, about fear and surrender, tightening and release.’



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Click Here Infectious Desires 25th Feb – 14th March 2015 to View Exhibition



Limited edition of giglee prints of the work in collaboration with photographer John McRae.



1991- BA (Visual Arts) COFA, UNSW. Australia.

1993- Master of Arts (Vis Arts, Painting), COFA, UNSW. Australia.


Selected Exhibitions

2000- Solo show “Swell” Pcl Exhibitionists, Sydney. Biennale d’art Contemporain de Noumea . VIIIth Pacific Arts Festival, New Caledonia.

2001- Guest Artist, Oklahoma Arts Festival, USA. ‘The Botanic Realm’ group show, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery.

2002-‘ Circadia’ Solo show, Pcl Exhibitionists, Sydney.   “Sculpture in the City” Martin Place, Sydney .

2003- ‘Sculpture 2003’ Sculpture+, Group Show, Pcl Exhibitionists. 'Art Of Flowers', Old Government House, Botanical Gardens, Sydney, Australia.

2004 – South Pacific Arts Festival 2004, Contemporary Art in the Pacific, Palau.

2006- Solo Weaving Exhibition “Taking Care of Business” with Craft Victoria, Melbourne. Curator: “Daa Plait fe Ucklun” Craft Victoria.

2008 – Pacific Arts Festival, American. Samoa . “We Love3D”- Sydney Opera House. Explorations -Gaffa Gallery (Jewelery)

2012- MasterClass exhibition, Jemposium, Wellington.

2014 - ‘Danger Will Robinson’ Airspace, Sydney.


Juried Competitions, Awards.

1997- 2001 inclusive, Finalist, Sculpture by the Sea.

1998- ‘People’s Choice Prize’, Sculpture by the Sea.

1999- Runner up, Tactile Art Prize. 2001 - Finalist, Roche Art Prize. Finalist, Contemporary Wearables Art Prize.(Jewelery).

2006- Sculpture by the Sea Guest Artist

2009- Sculpture by the Sea Finalist.

2010 -Churchill Fellowship , Investigations in Contemporary Jewelery ( travel to France, Netherlands,United Kingdom, Australia) .

2011- “Andrea Stretton Memorial Prize” Sculpture by the Sea.

2012- Guest Artist-Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe.

2012- Section Winner:( Sculpture & Objects)- Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize. 2012- Finalist, Gold Coast Art Prize.

2013- Finalist, Wynne Prize, AGNSW. 2013- Finalist, Willoughby Sculpture Award

2014 –Sculpture by the Sea Finalist



2011 Artist in residence WA Central Institute Technology.

2013-2014 12 month residency with A.R.P, Sydney.



June 2013   Design People ' Alphabeto di Marea' , Architecture Digest Italy

June 2012   ABC News 'Waterhouse Prize winners.'. November 2011 'Rocky Start for Unveiling of Mysterious Sea Creatures ' Sydney Morning Herald. February,

2000 'Sexy Sculpture? Swell!' review, SMH Metro, Sebastian Smee.

October 1998 'Sculptures in the Sand' Sydney Morning Herald



Ray Hemadranda , Chunghi Choo Showcase: 500 Art Necklaces, ed, Lark Books USA 2013 ISBN 978-1454703525 . Marthe Le Ven, Bruce Metcalf Showcase: 500 Rings, ed, Lark Books USA 2012. ISBN 978-1454702887 . Chris Bates, Megan Booth & Sean O'Keefe Making Art Connections 'Working with Landscape' Chapter 16, McGraw-Hill ISBN Australia 2011. ISBN 978-0070281592. 500 Baskets: A Celebration of the Basketmaker's Art, ed, Lark Books USA 2006 ISBN 978-1579907310 . Sculpture by the Sea, the First Fifteen Years 1997-2011. ed, Sculpture by the Sea Inc Australia 9781876624187