BIO

Odette England received an MFA with Honors from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012 and a PhD in Art & Art History from the Australian National University in 2018.

England’s work has shown nationally and internationally in more than 85 exhibitions. Venues include: George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film (Rochester, NY); Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL); New Mexico Museum of Art (Santa Fe, NM); Fort Wayne Museum of Art (Fort Wayne, IN); RISD Museum (Providence, RI); Colorado Photographic Arts Center (Denver, CO); State Library of South Australia (Adelaide, South Australia); Center for Photography at Woodstock (Woodstock, NY); Perth Center for Photography (Perth, Western Australia); MacDonald Stewart Art Center, University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) and Filter Photo (Chicago, IL).

England has been published in American Photo, Photograph, Photo District News, Hotshoe International, the British Journal of Photography, Australian Art Monthly, Musee Magazine, GUP Magazine, Lenscratch, Feature Shoot and Fraction Magazine, among others.

In 2015, she was a finalist for the Australian Photo Book of the Year Award for her independent monograph Lover of Home.

Awards England has received include the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Emerging Photographers Award (UK winner, twice) and the CENTER $5,000 Project Launch Award.  England is also a recipient of The Print Center Honorary Council Award for Excellence (2018) and the HotShoe Magazine Photofusion Photography Award (2010).

Recent artist residencies include the prestigious invitation-only Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist Residency in Captiva, Florida (2018), during which she collaborated with artist Jennifer Garza-Cuen.

England is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography and Graduate Program Director at RISD. She is also director and curator of the Winter Garden Photograph project, for which she received a $5,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation (2018).

England is represented in the US (east coast) by Klompching Gallery.

 

STATEMENT

Odette England explores relationships between autobiography, gender, place and vernacular photography.

England grew up in Ponde, a small rural locality in the Mid Murray region of South Australia. Ponde. Her parent's abandoned dairy farm, the male-dominant community in which she lived, and the many snapshots made by her parents and grandparents often serve as raw materials and inspiration for England's work.

England uses analog and digital techniques to create photographs that reference identity, longing, and the act of photography itself. England often physically manipulates her negatives or prints, intervening with their surfaces.