Elyssa Sykes-Smith Artist

I am an artist currently working within the fields of site-specific sculpture, installation, performance and public art. The intent to encourage empathy towards the plight of humanity and to raise environmental sustainability awareness forms the thematic orientation of my practice. I seek to translate the expressive qualities of the figure, analysing emotional and psychological states , exploring form, space and movement pushing the figure towards abstraction in the surrounding space. I am passionate about creating artworks in response to architectural and natural environments, encouraging my audience to experience an environment from an altered perspective and embodied response.

I Graduated in 2013 BFA (Hons) at The National Art School Sydney and have exhibited in Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi (2012-17). Awarded 2018 Creative Development Fellowship (Create NSW), First Prize at Hillview Sculpture Biennial 2018 and Sculpture at Scenic World in 2015; Clitheroe Foundation Mentorship in 2012. Commissions include Shoalhaven Public Art Grant 2017; Barangaroo Delivery Authority; MIRVAC (Chinese New Year 2017 Broadway Sydney); Saatchi & Saatchi Sydney. I have a range of experience as a professional arts educator, leader and tour guide.