Simone Eisler’s cross disciplinary practice explores the relationship between the human body and nature, particularly the concepts of physical transformation, species evolution and biodiversity. She pushes this scientific investigation further into the realm of both mythology and futurist thinking, with a focus on interrogating presentation methodologies.
Eisler’s practice consists of installation, photography and sculpture. Within each of these areas, she introduces materials from the animal world. In particular, her imaginary sculptural forms rework the materials in different ways either by re-skinning, casting or fracturing and reconfiguring elements.
A developing focus of Eisler’s practice is the integration of family and cultural histories into what she terms ‘wearable landscapes’. Closely linked to her focus on evolution and adaptation in nature is Eisler’s emerging examination of cultural diaspora and sociocultural transformations.
Simone Eisler obtained a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) in Sculpture from the Queensland College of Art (2000). Since completing her degree, Eisler has broadened her practice to include performative photography, video, sound and installation.
She has an extensive exhibition profile both in Australia and internationally. Her work was recently featured in Tradition Now: Contemporary Views of Family History at the State Library of Queensland (2016), and Con/struct: Contemporary Queensland Sculpture at the Caboolture Regional Art Gallery (2015). In 2013 her work was featured in such exhibitions as: Mythopoetic: Women Artists / Australia and India, Griffith University Art Gallery (Brisbane); Re-Picturing the Feminine: New and Hybrid Identities, Kochi-Muziris Biennale at Gallery OED (India); and Youth in Transit, Redland Art Gallery (Capalaba).
In 2014, Eisler received the Noosa Art Prize and in 2013 was a finalist in the curated acquisitive art prize 15 Artists at the Redcliffe Art Gallery. She also received the Commendation Award at the 2011 Churchie National Emerging Art Prize.
Eisler has completed a number of public art commissions including, in 2014, a large interactive public sculpture for the East Shores Maritime Precinct and Gladstone Port Corporation in Queensland. In 2011 Eisler completed a major international public art commission as part of Urban Meridian – Curatorial Projects on Art and Health for the House of World Cultures, Berlin. She has completed public art commissions for a variety of other private, local and state government clients including: Prince Charles Hospital (Brisbane); Brisbane City Council; Redland Shire Council; Delphin and Lend Lease (Brisbane); Sandgate Foreshore Parklands (Sandgate); Novotel Hotel Medan (Indonesia); Brisbane Youth Detention Centre; and Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce.
Eisler has also completed several arts residencies, including at Karawatha Forest (2016); Art in the Grasslands, Tambo/Central Queensland (2012); Gozo Contemporary, Malta (2010); Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris (2008); Performing Arts Forum, St Erme, France (2007) and Australia Council Studio Manila, Philippines (1997).