Talk: Far From The Eye

Image: Danica Chappell, [Thickness of Time #8], 2018-19. Courtesy the artist.

Image: Danica Chappell, Thickness of Time #8, 2018-19. Courtesy the artist.


06 March 2021

Saturday, 10-11am (AEST)




La Trobe Art Institute [i]
121 View St, Bendigo
Tue – Fri, 10am – 5pm
Sat – Sun, 12pm – 5pm


Wheelchair access, Accessible Toilets

Meet the artist and the scientist behind Far from the eye: Dark field, a public artwork commissioned by La Trobe University for PHOTO 2021 in the centre of Bendigo’s arts and culture precinct. Starting at the building’s façade, Danica Chappell and Donna Whelan will join La Trobe Art Institute senior curator Kent Wilson in a conversational tour of the exhibition.

Far from the eye: Dark field presents in macro, the abstracted truths of photography – depth of light, colour and texture – while acknowledging the action of looking down a microscope to see an object at its nanoparticle scale.

Free – booking required.

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  • Danica Chappell (AU)

    Danica Chappell is a visual artist working on the traditional lands of the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri in Naarm (Melbourne). Chappell creates photographs from slow, thoughtful exchanges between matter and process in her darkroom studio. Chappell’s work has recently appeared in group and solo exhibitions including New Matter: Recent Forms of Photography, AGNSW Sydney (2016) and That’s Our Shadow on the Moon, CAVES ARI (2015). She was the recipient of an Australian Council Arts Projects Grant (2017) and is a shortlisted artist in the 2020 Bowness Photography Prize, MGA, Melbourne. Recently commissioned solo exhibitions include, Thickness of Time at Heide III MoMA Project Gallery, Melbourne (2018-19) and Far from the Eye at Latrobe Art Institute, Bendigo as a commissioned artist for PHOTO 2021.

  • Donna Whelan (AU)

    Donna is a Bruce Stone Fellow in Chemical Biology based in Bendigo as a part of the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science. She is currently building a new, next-generation single molecule microscope, and exploring DNA damage and repair pathways. Her collaborations include research into the underlying mechanisms of host-virus interactions, neurodegeneration, and proteolysis.

  • Kent Wilson (AU)

    Kent is a contemporary art curator, artist, writer and exhibition-maker working in Melbourne, Kyneton and Bendigo. He is the Senior Curator at La Trobe Art Institute; is founder and Co-Director of Kyneton Contemporary Inc; and produces freelance arts projects across various venues. Working across a variety of media, Kent has exhibited his own artwork at commercial galleries, artist-run-spaces and public galleries. He is a writer published in The Article, Artist Profile magazine, Das Platforms and; he maintains an arts blog with reviews, articles and interviews called the subMachine; and writes exhibition essays for group shows and artists.

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Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March