The final residency for 2022 includes the work of emerging artist Sophie Chauncy, who spent August and September in the E3 art space exploring and responding to the ecosystem of the Murrumbidgee River and surrounding landscape, using a range of mediums across drawing and painting.

Sophie spent the duration of the RAD program, working both en plein air and on-site to create large process driven and experimental mixed media works on paper.

“I am interested in a process that concerns working at one with the landscape through ‘collaborating’ with elements of the land itself.”

This process involves the direct application of sourced natural materials onto paper combined with traditional drawing techniques, to share her own appreciation and concerns for ecosystems within regional Australia.

“I think it is really important to connect and collaborate with other artists in the local community, which is why I was really keen to apply for Wagga’s RAD Residency program. I want to use this opportunity to learn and listen from other creatives to further my development as an artist. I also want to share my research and work with the wider community about something I value: the dynamic waterflows of our region and the fragility and beauty of its ecosystems.”

About artist: 

Growing up by the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, Darlington Point, artist Sophie Chauncy is inspired by the energy and beauty of rural Australia. In exploring the unique Australian landscape, Chauncy draws attention to the conservation of its ecosystems, articulated by both gestural and intuitive mark making and an exploration of line and texture in her works.


Image: Emerging artist Sophie Chauncy will commence residency in late August. Image supplied by artist.