/ / Artist Bios 2021

Aaron Chapman is an artist and writer based on the Gold Coast, Australia, working across a range of mediums including photography, sculpture and public art. Chapman’s work is motivated by themes of home and memory, and in particular, childhood.

Chapman’s rich colour photography blends fine art and documentary languages and has appeared at Head On Photo Festival, Centre for Contemporary Photography and Bleach* Festival. In 2019, Chapman was a Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize semi-finalist and a finalist in the Australian Life Photography Competition at Art & About Sydney. In 2020, he was a finalist in Perth Centre for Photography’s CLIP Award and received the judge’s commendation award.

As well as presenting both small and large sculptures at SWELL Sculpture Festival, Chapman spent the majority of 2020 in research and development for a large public art outcome to be evidenced in 2021. Chapman was also the recipient of a major commission to create new work for exhibition at the new $60M HOTA Gallery (opening April 2021).

Chapman attended Griffith University where he received the School of Humanities Writing Prize in 2015. His poetry and prose has appeared in international publications and Australian literary journals.


2021 SWELL ARTWORK – The View From Here, Aaron Chapman

Windows allow us a vantage point to experience the exterior world while beginning an interior journey. These psychological thresholds are intimate sites of personal reflection and provide an access point to our imaginations.

‘The View From Here’ continues Chapman’s interest in architecture and the metaphorical offerings of deconstructed homes. The sculpture is presented as the skeleton of architectural form, with the window acting as both an opening and a frame for the landscape before it.

The uncanny, or unhomely projection, intends to place the viewer in the slippage between waking and sleep and invite daydreaming.


Instagram: @aaronmchapman

Website: www.aaron-chapman.com

Come and see for yourself at SWELL Sculpture Festival, Pacific Parade, Currumbin 10-19 September.