Izabela Pluta embraces photography as a way of interpreting and re-conceptualising the role of images in our lives. She describes her processes of finding, fragmenting and reconfiguring as ‘gleaning’ – as a ‘poetic scavenging’. Central to her work is the notion of an expanded photographic materiality which sees her work across murals, re-photographed photographs, collages, video, artists’ books, found paraphernalia and discarded objects from the natural world. Conceptually anchored in the effects of globalisation and Pluta’s experience as a migrant to Australia, her work articulates a fluid mode of being in the world.
Izabela Pluta was born in Warsaw, Poland, and migrated to Australia in 1987. She has an MFA from the The University of New South Wales in Sydney and recently completed her PhD in the Faculty of Creative Arts at The University of Wollongong.
Pluta has exhibited widely throughout Australia and in 2019 will present new work for The National 2019: new Australian art at the Art Gallery of NSW, Glasshouse Regional Gallery, NSW and Verge Gallery, Sydney. Notable recent exhibitions include at Artspace, Sydney, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, The Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, US Pavilion at the Biennale Achitettura, Venice. International projects and residencies include Arts 3331 Chiyoda, Tokyo, Wyspa Art Institute, Poland, Cite des Arts Internationale, Paris, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing and the Australia Council for the Arts Studio residency in Barcelona. Major public commissions include the George Street residential tower in Brisbane, 2018, the Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #10 in 2015 and for the City of Melbourne at the CitiPower Station in 2013. In 2018 Pluta received the Australia Council for Arts New Work Grant, the Create NSW Artist Support Grant and was a finalist in the MAMA Art Foundation National Photography Prize and the Josephine Ulrick Photographic Prize.