I lead a process-driven practice that entails a fascination for detail –- reduction and withdrawal, an active escape, or removal of oneself, from the external to the internal world, leaving behind a fractured landscape that’s obscured and disconnected in form.
My artworks explore elements of abstraction with hints of natural references that subconsciously resonate a personal, yet historical, connection to the land and the sea.
Chris Casali obtained a Diploma of Fine Arts from the National Art School, Sydney (1994), a Diploma of Graphic Design from Enmore Design Centre, Sydney TAFE (1998) and A Master of Fine Art with Excellence from the University of New South Wales Faculty of Art and Design (2018). She is the Substantive Head Teacher of the St George School of Fine Arts and Gymea Ceramic Design Studio, Sydney, TAFE NSW, and currently seconded to the National Art School as a guest lecturer in Drawing and undertaking Curriculum Development in Creative Practice for TAFE NSW.
Casali has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows both in Australia and abroad, including Mexico, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Italy and China.
She has been a finalist in numerous art competitions, including the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize (2019); Splash McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award (2018); the Biennial International Marche d’Acqua Watercolour Prize (2018); the Kedumba Drawing Award (2015, 2016); The Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize (People’s Choice Award and Highly Commended, 2016); Tim Olsen Drawing Award (2016); Fishers Ghost Drawing/Printmaking Award (2014) and the Winsor & Newton Emerging Artist Prize (Highly Commended, 2013).
In 2019, Casali won the Emerging Artist Award in the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize and was awarded the Bilpin International Ground for Creative Initiatives (BigCi) artist-in-residency.
Her work is represented in public, corporate and private collections in Australia and internationally, including the Paper and Watermark Museum, Fabriano, Italy; the Kedumba Collection of Drawings and the Macquarie Group Collection.