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Caroline Rannersberger: Born in Adelaide, South Australia; lives and works in Tasmania

Painter and printmaker Caroline Rannersberger responds intuitively to her environment, referencing in particular the rhizomatic model of Deleuzian philosophy (Gilles Deleuze). This philosophy opens up a new way of ‘seeing’ the landscape through acknowledging that rather than one fixed viewpoint, landscape contains multiple and shifting points of connection across time and space. Rannersberger has explored these themes closely over the last ten years, in particular, through her research towards her Master of Visual Arts, with a focus on the sublime, and subsequently her PhD, with a broader emphasis on experience and sensation in the landscape.

Rannersberger’s work reflects the extreme forces of the remote regions she has experienced, across northern Australia and to the far south, as well as the alpine regions of Austria and Germany, where she was raised and educated. Foreboding mountains, rising from within vast oceans, all but crushed beneath the forces of impending storm clouds towering over the land. As such, working predominantly across paper and linen, Rannersberger’s multiple panel landscapes reference the sensations of her Tasmanian surrounds, elements of her north Australian experiences and her German heritage. Her work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), and Artbank. She has been a finalist in numerous prizes, including the Glover prize, the Fleurieu Art Prize, the ABN Amro Emerging Artist Award, the Fremantle Print Award, & the Alice Prize.

In all her works we observe the observer, we experience an encounter that seems impossible, that of seeing the sensation of seeing and its apparent dissolution. She attempts to capture that tremulous state, what Alain Badiou has called elsewhere, “the movement of disappearance”, a disturbance not yet transformed into an object nor cast in negation as an absence, but rather the actuality of disappearance itself.’ Professor Donal Fitzpatrick, 2012

Relevant Qualifications

2007-2010 PhD Visual Arts Charles Darwin University, Darwin
2005-2006 MA Visual Arts Charles Darwin University, Darwin
1992-1995 BA Visual Arts (studies in painting, drawing, visual art theory) University of South Australia, Adelaide
1990 RSA/Cambridge Diploma in TESLA Edith Cowan University, Perth
1983-1986 BA Interpreting & Translating University of Vienna, Austria/Edith Cowan University, Perth


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014 Thresholds of Terrain Flinders lane Gallery, Melbourne
2013 Unfolding Landscape Olsen Irwin Gallery, Sydney
2013 Landscape in Refrain Despard Gallery, Hobart
2012 Movement of Disappearance Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2011 Terra Mercurialis Paul Johnstone Art Gallery, Darwin
2010 Unsettling country Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
2008 Landscapes of Delight and Disquiet Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
2008 Landscapes of Delight and Disquiet Charles Darwin University Gallery
2007 Sublime Territory Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
2007 Sublime Territory Darwin Visual Arts Association
2007 Sublime Journey Northern Editions, Charles Darwin University, Darwin
2006 Sublime Territory Araluen Galleries Alice Springs Cultural Precinct
2006 New Works (Post Graduate Symposium) Charles Darwin University
2005 New Works Charles Darwin University Gallery, Darwin
2002 Darwin Festival of Arts, NT Darwin Entertainment Centre Gallery, Darwin
2000 New paintings Adelaide Central Gallery, Adelaide
1999 New Paintings BMG Gallery, Adelaide

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013 40 Artists from an Island Long Gallery, Salamanca, Hobart
2012 Merry Margaret 25th Christmas exhibition; Despard Gallery; Hobart
Au Courant Tim Olsen Gallery; Sydney
Director’s Choice: 25th Anniversary Despard Gallery; Hobart
Time and Space Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
New Artists Despard Gallery, Hobart
The Paper Room Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2011 Visible Invisible Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2010 Greatest Hits Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
Agenda Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
2009 Hong Kong Art Fair Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
2008 The other thing – a survey show Charles Darwin University Art Collection
Melbourne Art Fair, courtesy Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney Melbourne
Silvershot Gallery, Melbourne, courtesy Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney Melbourne
Charles Darwin University Post Grad in Progress, NT (Exhibiting artist and Curator) Charles Darwin University, Darwin


Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory Darwin
National Gallery of Australia Canberra
Australian Embassy,The Hon Kim Beazley, AC Washington
Artbank Sydney
Macquarie Group Sydney
Suncorp Collection Brisbane
Private collection of Robyn Archer, OA Adelaide
Charles Darwin University Art Collection, Charles Darwin University Darwin
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Research Foundation Adelaide
Cancer and Bowel Research Trust Association, Inc Adelaide
SA Ambulance Adelaide


Awards & Prizes

2014 Bay of Fires Art Award, Tas; Mosman Art Prize, NSW (finalist)
2013    Hutchins Art Prize finalist, Hobart
2013    Glover Prize finalist, Evandale, Tas
2012    Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize (finalist); Brisbane
2011    TogArt Contemporary Art Award; finalist, Darwin
2011    Glover Prize finalist, Evandale
2011    City of Albany Art Prize finalist; Vancouver Arts Centre, Albany, WA
2010    Stan and Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize; finalist; QLD
2009    Glover Prize finalist, Evandale, Tas
2008    Fleurieu Art Prize; Fleurieu Water Prize;finalist in both categories; SA
2007    ABN Amro Emerging Artist Award finalist; Sydney
2007    TogArt Contemporary Art Award NT; finalist; Darwin
2007    Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship
2006    Fremantle Print Award, finalist; Fremantle, WA
2006    Alice Prize finalist; Alice Springs



Private commission for Carol Schwartz AM

Celebrating Darwin 2013, City of Darwin Public Art Installation

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Research Foundation Adelaide

Cancer and Bowel Research Trust Association, Inc Adelaide

SA Ambulance Adelaide


Reviews, Catalogues, Media

2013 Selby, Clyde. (2013, April 13). Panels full of natural beauty, Review, The Mercury Saturday Magazine, pp. 22-23.
2013 Southern Scene. (2013, 5th April 2013). Review, The Mercury, p. p.38.
2013 Murray, Daena. (2012). Hot Springs: The Northern Territory and Australian Contemporary Artists. Melbourne: Macmillan Art. pp 97-97.
2012 Fitzpatrick, Donal. (2012). Movement of Disappearance. Melbourne Review(May ).
2012 Movement of Disappearance “Pick of the Month (Art)”. (2012). Melbourne Magazine; The Age(May).
2012 Luxfor, Phe. (2012). Time. In F. L. Gallery (Ed.), Time and Space. Melbourne: Flinders Lane Gallery.
2011 Kohen, Apolline. (2011). Unusual Terrains in Varied Media. Australian Art Review(May-June), 79-81.
2011 Coleman, Leanne. (2011). Painting northern Australia: Caroline Rannersberger. Origins, Charles Darwin University(1, March 2011), 30-31.
2010 ‘The Week’, Art Review, June 25
2010 Christopher, Lissa. “Visual Art: Unsettling Country.” Sydney Morning Herald, June 12-13.
2009 Artist Explores New Horizons. (2009, October 31). NT News.
2009 Collins, Lorna. (2009). Art as a social act: Making sense: the painting event. PhD Thesis. Jesus College, University of Cambridge. Cambridge.
2008 Clement, Tracey. (2008, October 3-9). Metro Art:Caroline Rannersberger, Review, Sydney Morning Herald, p. 21.
2008 Angel, Anita. (2008). The other thing – a survey show In C. D. University (Ed.). Darwin: Charles Darwin University.
2008 Rothwell, Nicolas. (2008). Catalogue Essay, Landscapes of Delight and Disquiet, Caroline Rannersberger (pp. 2-4). Sydney: Thirty-seven degrees contemporary fine art gallery (Dominik Mersch Gallery), Sydney,.
2008 Stainer, Leon. (2008). Printmaking in SCAH, Charles Darwin University. Imprint, 43(Winter; 2), 9.
2007 ABC, 2007, Landscape Painting Documentary ‘Painting Australia, Kakadu’; ABC. (2006). Painting Australia: Kakadu.   Retrieved April 8, 2010, from http://www.abc.net.au/tv/paintingaustralia/stories/kakadu.htm
2007 Hampson, Jane. (2007). NT: Caroline Rannersberger. Art & Australia, 44 Autumn(3).
2007 Green, F (Ed) 2007, TogArt Contemporary Art Award (NT), PR Print, Queensland
2007 Unwin, S. (2007). Caroline Rannersberger. Resident Magazine(6; Wet Season), 172.
2007 Australia Business Arts Foundation, 2007, ‘Top Ten Tips for Exhibiting Artists’
2007 ABN Amro Emerging Artist Award Catalogue
2007 Goethe Institut, 2007, Portrait subject of, Far Away, So Close, Germans living in Australia, by Claudia Terstappen
2006 Spencer, R 2006, ‘Prints find earthy element’, West Australian, 30th September

Published papers, presentations

2011 “The Sensation of Painting Country in Remote Northern Australia.” In Making Sense: For an Effective Aesthetics, edited by Lorna Collins and Elizabeth Rush, 157-84. Bern: Peter Lang AG, 2011.
2011  “The Logic of Untamed Chaos: Bryan Bulley.” Art Monthly Australia October, no. 244(2011).
2010 Review of Djalkiri Blue Mud Bay Exhibition, 24hrArt, Artlink; Volume 30, No 4, 2010
2010 Essay: “Metaphysical Territory.” Art Monthly Australia no. 230 (2010): 21-25.
2010 Presentation: Unsettling Country: The sensation of northern Australian landscape painting;Curtin University School of Design and Art, Perth
2009 Colloquium Presentation: Unsettling Country: The sensation of northern Australian landscape painting; Cambridge University, UK: ‘Making Sense Colloquium’ ; Charles Darwin University, NT, Australia
2009 Exhibition Review: Gary Lee; ‘Photofile’, Australian Centre for Photography, Vic
2008 Curated Exhibition and paper: CDU Post Grad in Progress, NT
2008 Artist Forum CDU: Landscapes of Delight and Disquiet, NT
2007 Artist Forum Araluen Galleries: Sublime Territory, NT
2007 Artist Business Top Ten Tips for Exhibiting Artists (Australia Business Arts Foundation), NSW
2007 Artist Forum CDU: Sublime Territory; CDU, NT
2006 Symposium Presentation: Beyond the Sublime: CDU Postgraduate Symposium, NT


 Further Art Related Experience

2012-current Painting workshop facilitator; Bruny Island Arts committee member, Tasmania

2009-2011 Sessional lecturer in Visual Arts:Higher education and VET (painting, drawing, visual art theory); Arts writer Charles Darwin University, NT;Journals: Artlink, Art Monthly
2006-7 Facilitator and Curator, Mulil Bim, Kakadu Artists Limited Edition Print Exhibition Charles Darwin University; Social Justice Communications
2006 Coordinator, Creative Arts and Humanities at CDU Post graduate symposium Charles Darwin University School of Creative Arts and Humanities
2006 Subject of landscape painting documentary, Painting Australia: Kakadu ABC television
2002 Painting tutor (VET); Event Manager and Artistic Director, Kakadu Arts Festival (Mahbilil Festival) Batchelor College / Injalak Arts and Crafts, Gunbalanya, West Arnhem; Charles Darwin University, Jabiru Campus
2002 Judge, Katherine Art Prize Katherine Town Council, NT
1995 Artist in Residence Art School of SA, University of SA
1984-86 Arts Writer Danube Weekly, Vienna, Austria