Dr Erica Seccombe

PhD (ANU) M.Phil (ANU) Grad.Dip(Vis) (USyd) B.A.(Vis) (Usyd)
Head Foundation Studies | Convener Postgraduate Coursework
College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: 61258930

Areas of expertise

  • Visual Arts And Crafts 1905
  • Art Theory And Criticism 1901

Research interests

  • Printmedia & Drawing
  • Contemporary Practices in Art, Design & Craft
  • Interdisciplinary Practice-Led Research
  • Science and Technology


Erica’s interdisciplinary arts practice spans from traditional lens-based imaging, print media and drawing, to experimental digital platforms using frontier scientific visualisation software. A continuing theme arising in her work is the complex human relationships we have with nature and our natural environments, whether through social, cultural, or technological factors.

Erica's work is exhibited nationally and internationally, and her work is included in private and public collections. A PhD in Photography and Media Arts, her practice-led research GROW: experiencing Nature in the Fifth Dimension investigates the science of 4D micro-computed X-ray Tomography through immersive stereoscopic digital projection installations and 3D printing. Her interdiciplinary research is facilitated by the ANU Department of Applied Mathematics, Vizlab and NCI.

Notably, Erica's work 'Metamorphosis' 2016, won the 2018 Waterhouse Natural Science Art prize; In 2017 Erica was awarded the Capital Arts Patrons Fellowship, and in 2015 her work, 'Virtual Life' 2014 won the Inaugural Paramor Prize: Art + Innovation Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, Liverpool, NSW


  • Erica is a leading artist on the Campbelltown Hospital Rebuild art strategy, working with the project committee, NSW Health Infrastructure, Campbelltown Art Centre and the Dharawal peoples of the Campbelltown region. 
  • In May 2020 Erica was elected as Chair of the Board of Management, Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, having rejoined in 2017. She was previously a Megalo Board Member from 2007 and was Chair of the Board from 2010 - 2015.
  • In June 2018 Erica was elected to the Board of ANAT, the Australian Network for Art & Technology. She was a 2010 recipient of the ANAT Synapse Residency, and continued her support of ANAT as a Selection Committee Panel Member for the Synapse Residency from 2015-17.


Researcher's projects

Solo Exhibitions

2019 - BIG PINK, Gallerie Pompom, Sydney, 30 October - 24 November.2017 - The Lady Botanist, Megalo Print Studio & Gallery, Canberra, 6-31 April

2016 - Out of Season, ANU School of Art Gallery (2/2016 Visual Arts Graduate Season) 7-15 October

2016 - Metamorphosis, Brenda May Gallery, Dank St, Waterloo, Sydney. 9 July – 4 Aug.

2013 - Science Fiction, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Curated by David Broker, 16 Aug – 16 Sep

2008 - Nanoplastica, 23 May - 5 July, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Gormon House, Canberra, ACT

International exhibitions   

2019 - Boundless Objects, Curated by Monika Bakke, Centro de Arte e Cultura, Evora, Portugal, October 12, 2019 - March 29, 2020

2015 - Aesthetics of Manufacture, Sheffield Design Week, Butcher Works Galley, UK, curated by Carle Baugh, Sheffield, UK. 13-20 June. http://www.galvanizesheffield.org/events/aesthetics-of-manufacture-2015/

2014 - Tomography for Scientific Advancement, highly commended finalist, Natural History Museum London, UK,

2012 - Time & Vision, Curated by Paul Bayley, 20 years Australia Council for the Arts London Studio Residency Exhibition, Barge House, London, 20 Oct – 11 Nov

2012 - Nanoplastica, So far The Future, London, UK 21-23 June (solo)

2006 - Super Natural, with Alison Munro. Alsager Art Centre, Faculty of Performing and Visual Arts Manchester University, Cheshire, UK.

2003 - A Borderless State, the Miskolci Galleria, Prague, curator Dr Paul Thirkell, Centre for Fine Print Research, University of West England.

Curated Exhibitions

2019 - Baldessin Press - The Story, curated by Baldessin Press, Monsalvat, Victoria, 25 July - 15 September

2019 - Promised the Moon, curated by Dr Ursula K Frederick, an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Fellow at the School of Archaeology & Anthropology and School of Art & Design. SOAD Gallery, 20 June - 27 July.

2019 - Plant + Human, curated by Allison Holland, Australian Centre for Photography, 15 Feb - 27 April. 

2018 - The Art and Consequence of Collaboration. Curated by Jonathan Parsons - Artistic Director - Experimenta, for Spectra 2018 presented by Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) with University of South Australia and Experimenta Media Arts, and support from Arts South Australia. Location: South Australian School of Art Gallery (SASA Gallery), University of South Australia, Adelaide. Exhibition Dates: 4 – 26 October 2018. Travelling to UTS Gallery, 2019.

2018, Image(in)ing, Ewart Art Gallery, Sydney, curated by Jane Theau, 27 February - 17 March

2017 - Backyards, curated by Waratah Lahy and Anne-Marie Jean, May Space Sydney, 19 September to 7 October

2017 - Aura: Repetition, Reproduction and the Mark of the Artist, curated by Ben Rak, Manly Art Gallery & Museum 14 July - 3 September: Wagga Wagga Art Gallery 9 December 2017 - 4 March 2018: ANU School of Art & Design 23 April - 20 May, 2018. 2017 - How does your Garden Grow? Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, NSW, 3 Feb - 18 March 2017

2016 - Contour 556: interventions in the landscape, curated by Neil Hobbs, Public Art Festival 22 Oct - 13 Nov

2016 - Notfair: Sign O’ the Times, curated by Kirsten Rann, 16-21 August 2016, 524 Flinders St, Melbourne.

2015 - Light Speculation, The Carlton Connect Initiative, The University of Melbourne, curated by Dr Renee Beale, 23 July - 9 Sept. http://carltonconnect.com.au/light-speculation/erica-seccombe/

2014 - A zone of Living things, Dominik Mersche Gallery, Rushcutters Bay, Sydney, 8-31May

2013 - Think it, make it share it, RiAus, The Science Exhange. Adelaide. SALA Festival, Curated by ANAT, 2 August - 30 August 2013 

2013 - Synapse a Selection, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, 8 June- 14July

2013 - Bad Girls, Gorman House, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, curated by Annie Doyle Wawrzynaczak, 8 February – 16 March

2012 - Crossing the Rubicon, with Ellis Hutch, ANCA Studios & Gallery, Dickson, Canberra, 24 October – 4 November

2011 - Natural Digression, University of Technology, Sydney 8 March - 12 April. 

2011 - Imitation of Life, Canberra Musuem & Gallery, curated by Deborah Clark

2011 - Genart_sys | a window on digital culture, Australia Council for the arts, 28 Jan- 16 March URL http://www.genartsys.com/

2010 - Natural Digression, Level17 Artspace, Victorian University, 12-23 October, 2010

2003 - 24/7 Exhibition Home, artsACT public art project in conjunction with ACT housing and ACT Craft. Curated by Barbara McConchie

2001 - No Muttering, contemporary printmedia, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, The University of NSW; Gosford Regional Art Gallery, NSW; The Queensland University of Technology Art Gallery, Brisbane; curator Rilka Oakley.

2001 - Wild Sheep Chase. Group show of contemporary Print and Photo media. Curated by Patsy Payne and Denise Ferris. CSA Gallery. ANU. ACT.

2000 - Vacant Possession. Collaborative Installation with video projection, sound and mixed media. with Scot Gordon, Cassie McCullagh and Rob Laurie. PROJECT, Centre for Contemporary Art. Wollongong.

Selected Finalist

2018: Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, Selected Finalist, South Australian Museum, 8 June - 5 August.

2018: The 40th Alice Prize. Selected Finalist. Araluen Arts Centre Alice Springs, NT.

2013 - Fremantle Print Award Exhibition, Fremantle WA 21 September – 17 November

2012 - The 37th Alice Prize, selected contestant, The Araluen Centre, Alice Springs NT, 11 May - 10 June

2015:  Inaugural Paramor Prize: Art + Innovation Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, Liverpool, NSW (Winner)


2013 - This is Not Art Festival Building Projection Screening, Hunter Street, Newcastle, October – November  

2010 - Linear Progressions: where art meets science, (panel selection) curated by QUT Creative Industries, screening at Precinct Parer Place, Kelvin Grove Urban Village screens, selected Screens at Gardens Point & Federation Square, 14th – 22nd August.

2010 - VIRION, QUT, from 19 July to 1 August 2010, a screen based digital art exhibition that links to public sites across Brisbane, focused in the Kelvin Grove Urban Screen Network http://virion2012.com.au/submission/paro-mental-commitment-robot

2009 - Oct 19 – Nov 19  Nanoplastica on the Big Screen, Federation Square, Melbourne Central Business District, curator by Melissa Delayney, notes on the underground.

1996 - Tool2ob Sydney/Berlin First International Virtual Exhibition Screening. ARTSPACE, Woolloomooloo, curated by Uban Excile, Graham Crawford and Gavyn Lister

Research Residencies

2018: Baldessin Press & Studio, St Andrews, Victoria

2015: Natural History Museum, Imaging and Analysis Center, Micro-CT laboratory, London, June – July

2006 (ongoing):  Artist in resident, Department of Applied Mathematics, School of  Physics and Engineering, ANU

2012: Australia Council for the Arts London Studio Residency 14 May – 18 August

2012: Millennium Seedbank, RBG Kew, Wakehurst Place, West Sussex, UK. 1-14 May 

2010: Plants Under the Microscope, High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre, CSIRO, 1 October – 30 November

2007: Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, Artist in Residence + Materials Award, Watson

2002: Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, Artist in Residence + Materials Award, Hackett

1994-96: Artist in residence, VisLab, The University of Sydney

Academic Grants, Scholarships and Awards

2019: Innovative Research Award, ACUADS Awards 2019.

2017: Recipient ANU Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Enhancement Grants for Semester 1, 2017, The Open Studio: Supporting Student Learning in Visual Art Settings with Digital Demonstrations. Dr Al Munro (School of Art, Textiles)  and Ms Erica Seccombe (Foundation):.

2013: Inaugural ANU Vice Chancellor’s College Artist Fellowship Scheme ANU School of Art, EASS Postgraduate Materials Award

2013: ANU School of Art Materials Award

2012: HDR Travel Research Field Trip, UK

2011: Australian Postgraduate Award 2011-14

2003: ANU School of Art Materials Award.

1986-87: Northern Territory Government Bachelor of Arts Scholarship (4yrs)

Awards, Grants, Scholarhips & Commissions

2017: artsACT project grant to learn photgravure techniques at Baldessin Press & Studio.

2017: Capital Arts Patrons Organisation Fellowship. CAPO Fellow 2017.

2015:  Winner: Inaugural Paramor Prize: Art + Innovation Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, Liverpool, NSW

2014: artsACT project Grant to take up Artist in Residence, Natural History Museum, London in 2015

2013: Commission, Centenary of Canberra, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Science Fiction

2010: Commission, High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre, CSIRO, Permanent foyer installation

2010:  Australia Council for the Arts London Studio Residency - May - August 2012

2010: Synapse Art Science Collaborations, Australian Network for Art and Technology ANAT, Visiting Fellow, ANU Department of Applied Mathematics

2009: ArtsACT project grant for 2010 Visiting Fellow, ANU Department of Applied Mathematics

2007: George Mora Foundation Fellowship - Inaugural short-listed award recipient

2007: Megalo Print Studio Artist in Residence and Materials Award (Watson Studios)

2006: ArtsACT grant for 3-month artist in Residence, ANU Department of Applied Maths,

2005: Craft ACT, Craft-in-site writing grant for unMagazine, issue 5

2002: Megalo Print Studio Artist in Residence and Materials Award. (Hackett Studios)

Public Collections

2016: Australian War Memorial, Crossing the line, 2016

2015: Casula Powerhouse Art Centre Permanent Collection. Virtual Life, 2015

2015: National Gallery of Australia Print Collection, Creaturepede, 2003

2015: Australian War Memorial, Rosette, 2015

2014: New Parliament House, Australia, Canberra. Nanoplastica 2008-2014, single channel digital projection installation

2008: Canberra Museum and Gallery, Nanoplastica 2008, digital projection installation

2002: National Gallery of Australia, 1994 Partners in Print portfolio, Strange light, 1994, digital image screenprint on paper

1997: Wagga Wagga Art Gallery permanent Collection, do you read me over? portrait of an astronaut, 1995, digital image, screenprint on paper

1996: UWS, Macarthur National Printmedia Acquisitive collection, Snake, 1995, digital image screenprint on paper.

1993: Wollongong University permanent Collection, Mothers, death, 2 worlds and sea things, 1992, linocut on paper.

Presenting at Conferences/Symposia

2018: Aesthetics, Politics and Histories: The Social Context of Art, AAANZ Conference 2018, December 5-7, 2018, School of Art, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

2018: Imagineers in Circus & Science: Scientific Knowledge & Creative Imagination. ANU Humanties Research Centre, 3-5 April

2017: ACUADs Conference, ANU School of Art + Design, 28-29 September 

2017: Time, Technologies and the Anthropocene: Asian and Pacific Perspective. ANU College of Asia & the Pacific, 11-12 September

2016: OzViz, University of Southern Queensland, 1-3 December

2015: OzViz, University of Technology, Sydney 1-3 December

2015: The Known World, the 8th Australian Print Symposium, National Gallery of Australia 1-3 May 2015

2014: ToScA, Tomography for Scientific Advancement, Natural History Museum, London, 1-3 September

2014: Museum of Contemporary Art, Vivid Festival of ideas, 31 May

2014: Affective Habitus, (Peer Reviewed) ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Australian National University, 20 June

2013: AAANZ Conference 2013 – Inter-Discipline. (Peer Reviewed) Panel ‘Art, Environment, Interdisciplinarity: New Perspectives in Australian Art Practice’. Presented by the Australian Centre, Uni of Melbourne, Convened by Chris McAuliffe & Jolanta Nowak, Uni of Melbourne: panellists, Erica Seccombe, Malcolm Bywaters, Amanda Stuart, Janine Burke, 7-9 December.

2013: Critical Animals, ‘Systematic Wonder’  The Lock Up, Hunter Street, Newcastle, Friday 4 October 3pm

2013: ISEA 2013, 10-13 June Conference, Panel discussion, ‘Sensation meaning and affect in art/science collaborations’. with Prof. Sue Best, A.Prof Barbara Rauch, Elizabeth Eastlake, Chris Henchke,

2012: Postgraduate Photography Symposium, at the MCA’s Centre for Creative Learning, 31 August 2012 |

2012 EVA LONDON 2012 - (Peer Reviewed) Electronic Visualisation and the arts, 10 July - 12 July

2012: Understanding Interdisciplinarity: Theory and Practice, Sheffield Hallam University, UK m 12 - 14 June

2011: Animating Time-space symposium Raglan, New Zealand, The University of  Waikato, 30 Sept - 2 October,

2011: The Art of Fact & Fiction – with Katrina Schlunke amd Lian Loke, UTS Gallery, Thursday 7 April 2011

2011: 5th World Summit on Arts & Culture Melbourne: The outer limits: How can policy support artists working in the innovation territories at the very edge of our  comprehension? 4 October

2010: The first International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections between Art, Science and Culture. “New Imaging: transdisciplinary strategies for art beyond the new media” 5th – 6th November 2010, Artspace, 43/51 Cowper Wharf Rd, Sydney, NSW 2011.  http://blogs.unsw.edu.au/tiic/.

2000 Latest Editions, 2001 postgraduate seminar, 24-25 April, ANU School of Art

Documentary, features & interviews

TED X Canberra. Erica Seccombe, Experiencing Nature in the Fifth Dimension, online Youtube, published 2014

Beautiful Monster ABC 7.30 Report, 29 September 2013

Cover, Art Monthly Australia #254, August 2013

Benson, Tracey M. ‘All about X,O and 1 – an interview with Erica Seccombe, http://mediakult.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/all-about-x-0-and-1-an-interview-with-erica-seccombe/ 2011

Damien McDermett, 5 Part documentary series, Series 4, featuring Erica Seccombe and Professor Tim Senden, SBS, STVDIO channel, aired DEC 2011, SBS television and Youtube, ‘Artbreak

From Research to Reality (Season 1, Episode 3) Part 1 of 3, Queensland University of Technology


curatorial projects

2007: RAW: Science week an exhibition showcasing work from the ANU Department of Applied Mathematics, Photography and Digital Arts, ANU, School of art, curator Erica Seccombe

2004: Place original face down, an exhibition showcasing 24 Canberra region artists who   use photocopy in their practice, to run concurrently with the National Gallery of Australia National Print Symposium. Curated by Al Munro and Erica Seccombe

Published articles and essays not yet visible on the Aries database

Seccombe, E., review, ‘Coral Empire: Underwater Oceans, Colonial Tropics, Visual Modernity, by Anne Elias’, Australian Humanities Review, AHR65, (November 2019).

Current student projects

HDR Supervision, PhD Art & Social Sciences, thesis by creative work. 

Chair and Primary Supervisor
PhD Candidate Blanche Tilden,
Finding value and meaning through a studio practice in jewellery and glass (Object and Jewellery) 

Primary Supervisor 
PhD Candidate Lauren Kalman, 
Crafting bodies and performing objects: politics, feminism and subversion through performative practice through adornment and craft (Object and Jewellery, Sculpture & Spacial Practice)

PhD Candidate Kate Baker 
Visceral Matter: reduction, abstraction and the evocative void (Studio glass in the expanded field) 

PhD Candidate Ren Gregorcic
Amongst a material standard: a critical reflection on the use of concrete as an ordering system and environmental mediator (Sculpture & Spacial Practice) 

Past student projects

HDR Supervision 

Dr Jane Theau, The Site of the Soul. Skin, touch and textiles in contemporary art. PhD Arts & Social Sciences. Thesis by creative works 2021. (Textiles, Sulpture and Performance)

Dr Sandra Kelch, Changing Space: A Practice-Led Enquiry into Representations of The Urban. PhD Arts & Social Sciences. Thesis by creative works 2020 (Printmaking) 

Primary Supervisor:
Dr Melanie Douglas, Surface tension: studio glass and the drawn line. Graduated PhD Arts & Social Sciences, 2019. (Studio glass in the expanded field)

Primary Supervisor:
Dr Brian Corr, Immersive Experience: Evoking the Elements of Contemplative Space in Japanese Architecture. 2018. (Studio glass in the expanded field)

Primary Supervisor:
Ms Caroline Huff, Fragmented Continuity: an investigation into autobiographical time. Graduated Mphil, Arts & Social Sciences, 2018. (New Media, Sculpture & Spacial Practice)






Projects and Grants

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