Obsessed: Compelled to make

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  • Ngayulu Minyma Tjanpinya, I am a Tjanpi Woman.
    Tjankaya Tapaya Ngayulu Minyma Tjanpinya, I am a Tjanpi Woman. , 2017
    Wool, raffia, tjanpi (desert grasses)
    850mm (h) x 1000mm (w) x 1550mm (l)
    Image Credit
    Photo by Angus Lee Forbes

About the exhibition

Obsessed: Compelled to make presents the work of 14 artists from across Australia, delving beyond the finished object, beyond the personality of the maker, into the fundamental conceptual framework of their creations. We look at the complexities of their materials and processes, the realities of their day-to-day studio routine and unravel what compels each maker to create over the course of their personal career – Why this technique or material? Why that concept? How does the mind of a maker work?

This exhibition explores the act of making through the framework of obsession – how it consumes us, carrying
 us along in its wake, colouring every aspect of our lives.
 With these professional artists, it is their obsessions, and all the associated angst, failures, breakthroughs and milestones, that feeds their productivity and to deliver exceptional outcomes.

Obsessed: Compelled to make is an Australian Design Centre of ADC on Tour exhibition touring to venues across Australia, accompanied by a series of films and a full-length catalogue.

Artists and Curator

Lisa Cahill

Gabriella Bisetto | Lorraine Connelly-Northey | Honor Freeman | Jon Goulder | 
Kath Inglis |
 Laura McCusker |
 Elliat Rich and James B Young (Elbowrkshp) | 
Kate Rohde |
 Oliver Smith | Vipoo Srivilasa | Tjunkaya Tapaya | Louise Weaver | Liz Williamson

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
08/02/2018 - 20/12/2021
Exhibition size
Between 75-100 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
Australian Design Centre
Contact to discuss
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Catalogue/Book, Education Kit, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Invitations or Invitation Template, Labels, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities, Signage
Other materials
Each of the artists work is accompanied by a high quality short film as part of the exhibition.
Primary contact
Fiona Pulford
Program Manager
Australian Design Centre
02 9361 4555
Secondary contact
Rhadi Bryant
02 9361 4555
Obsessed: Compelled to make was researched and developed under a Visions of Australia research grant and is ADC’s major national touring exhibition for 2018-2021 with the tour also supported by the Federal Government’s Visions of Australia program. Catal