Dr Erica Seccombe

PhD (ANU) M.Phil (ANU) Grad.Dip(Vis) (USyd) B.A.(Vis) (Usyd)
Senior Lecturer, ANU School of Art & Design
ANU 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 is a senior lecturer at the ANU School of Art & Design and convenes the observational drawing course, Drawn from Life. She is an HDR supervisor and enjoys supporting and guiding her PhD and Honours graduates. She has undertaken the role of Head of Foundation Studies, Convener of Graduate Studies Coursework for Visual Arts, Design and Art History and Curatorship. Erica has taught many undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including art theory for The Centre for Art History and Art Theory CAHAT.

Erica is a practicing artist with 30 years experience working, teaching and contributing to the sector. She is based in the Canberra region, living in semi-rural NSW on Ngambri, Ngunawal and Ngunnawal countries. Her interdisciplinary arts practice spans 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 practice articulates ways to position her own experiences and concerns as an artist of living at this time of uncertainty where human activity has had a dominant influence on the environment and climate.

Researcher's projects

For a full list of research projects and activities please visit http://www.ericaseccombe.com 

Available student projects

I am available to discuss potential HDR Supervsion. However, before emailing me to ask for support, please read all the information on HDR courses at the ANU School of Art & Design page https://soad.cass.anu.edu.au/higher-degrees-research-mphil-phd, and contact the the School of Art & Design’s HDR Convenor Associate Professor Chaitanya Sambrani email: hdrconvenor.soa@anu.edu.au

Prospective HDR applicants are encouraged to visit the ANU webpage Domestic and International Applications - ANU Postgraduate Research which provides general information applicable to all applicants and guidance on how to prepare an application. Further information on applications to the School’s programs is available under PhD and MPhil applications in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences:

Doctor of Philosophy, RSHA

Master of Philosophy, RSHA

Current student projects

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

Primary Supervisor
PhD Candidate Sophia Dacy-Cole
Soil Breathes: meditative practice-led embodied interactions with soil through bioacoustics, microscopy, and field sampling  (Sculpture & Spatial Practice)

Primary Supervisor
PhD Candidate Elliot Bastianon 
Alchemical Growth and its commentry on mineral extraction (Sculpture & Spatial Practice) 

Associate Supervisor
PhD Candidate Chenfie Xiao
Immersion, Agency and Immediacy in Mixed Reality Theatre: Thinking Through Making as a Dramaturg (Photomedia, Media Arts & Design)

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

Past student projects

Completed HDR Supervision 

Primary Supervisor 
Dr Lauren Kalman, 
Crafting bodies and performing objects: politics, feminism and subversion through performative practice through adornment and craft. PhD Arts & Social Sciences Thesis by creative works 2023.(Object and Jewellery, Sculpture & Spatial Practice)

Chair and Primary Supervisor
Dr Blanche Tilden,
Finding value and meaning through a studio practice in jewellery and glass. PhD Arts & Social Sciences Thesis by creative works 2023.(Object and Jewellery) 

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, Sculpture 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. 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. PhD Arts & Social Sciences, 2018. (Studio glass in the expanded field)

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

Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  30 May 2024 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers