Michaela Gleave is an artist born in Australia.
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Michaela Gleave is a visual artist living and working in Sydney, Australia. Her practice concerns the physicality of sensorial perception, and frequently centres on naturally occurring, everyday phenomena that test the boundaries of perceptual experience. Working with materials such as cloud, light, rain and ice within constructed, architectural spaces, Gleave’s often-illusory installations hover at the junction between art and science, operating between the spaces of personal experience and global understanding. Returning repeatedly to the atmosphere and global airspace as the site for her work, Gleave’s installations and interventions question the relationship we have with our surroundings, allowing us to experience the processes by which we comprehend reality and rethink our presence within it.

Gleave was born in central Australia in 1980 before moving to North-West Tasmania as a child. She holds a MFA in Sculpture, Performance and Installation from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW (2007), and a BFA (Honours First Class) from the School of Art, Hobart, UTAS (2003). Gleave has been awarded a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship to facilitate a research program in Iceland, Berlin and Central Australia during 2010 and was recently awarded an Australia Council for the Arts New Work grant. In 2008 Gleave completed a directorship at Firstdraft Gallery and is currently on the board of runway magazine as well as being a member of the dialogue-based collective The Free Association. Recent exhibitions include: Primavera 09 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2009); Snowdrift (solo) at MOP Projects, Sydney (2009); Game is Good at Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney (2009); Membrane at Federation Square, Melbourne as part of the Next Wave Festival (2008); and Constructing Space: Experiments in Light (solo) at Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney (2007).