Zoom In, Zoom Out

Ariella Friend

6 April 2022 - 1 May 2022

Free Admission

Pixie Orchid Zoomed In

The Woollahra municipality contains a diverse range of ecosystem elements and habitat types including wooded sandstone slopes and gullies, exposed coastal heaths, creeks, sandy beaches, rock platforms, dynamic skies, seagrass meadows and an array of native plants. In a time of pandemic inducedlockdowns, Ariella Friend has studied this natural environment through images she has found on the internet. Zooming in and zooming out, exploring form, composition, materials and colour have all led to a new body of sculptural works that resemble nature yet somehow feel strangely unfamiliar.

Just like the Italian Arte Povera movement from the late 1960s to 1970s whose artists explored a range of unconventional processes and combined them with every day materials,‘Zoom In, Zoom Out’ reflects Friend’s playful approach to non objective art making while challenging the viewers’ perception of what a landscape painting could be.


Ariella Friend is a multidisciplinary artist working in an expanded field between painting, sculpture and installation. Friend’s practice investigates the relationships humans have with the natural world and the spaces that exist between the virtual and physical worlds. She holds a Master of Art (Sculpture, Performance, Installation) with Excellence from UNSW Art & Design.

Friend has been selected as a finalist in awards including ‘Environmental Art & Design Prize’, ‘Fisher’s Ghost Art Award’, ‘Little Things Art Prize’ (2021), ‘North Sydney Art Prize’ (2019), ‘Ravenswood Australian Womens’ Art Prize’, ‘Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize’, ‘Greenway Art Prize’(2018), ‘Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize’, ‘Blacktown City Art Prize’ (2017), ‘Chippendale New World Art Prize’ (2016) and ‘Meroogal Women’s Art Prize’ (2015).

Selected exhibitions include ‘Women and the Landscape’, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery (2021),
‘Plants’, Lion Gate Lodge, Botanical Gardens, Sydney (2020) and ‘Friends and Family’, Daine Singer, Melbourne (2019). Solo exhibitions include ‘Not All Is Lost’, Airspace Projects, Sydney (2020).

Her work is held in the Macquarie Group Collection and private collections both nationally and internationally.

Exhibition gallery

Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf acknowledges that we are on the land of the Gadigal and Birrabirragal people, the traditional custodians of the land. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf is proudly owned and operated by Woollahra Municipal Council