Darlinghurst Exhibitions. Soft Sculpture Has Never Been So Colorful And So Much Fun

Darlinghurst Exhibitions. Soft Sculpture Has Never Been So Colorful And So Much Fun
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Darlinghurst Exhibitions. Soft Sculpture Has Never Been So Colorful And So Much Fun

The artist, Margarita Sampson, at work in her studio. Photos: John McRae

Darlinghurst Exhibitions. Soft sculpture has never been so colorful and so much fun at Stanley Street Gallery. Dates. 25 February – 14 March 2015. OPENING. Thursday 26 February 6-8pm.


Soft sculpture has never been so colourful and so much fun. Wild, outrageous, sexy, funky, camp, amusing and just damn clever. The artist uses found chairs she carves and workshops, then spends many months sewing and hand stitching textiles she then upholsters to the works. Accompanied by photographs, this is one fascinating exhibition. The Gallery Event, The Salon of Infectious Ideas being held Saturday 14th March, gives visitors a chance to meet the artist, have a chat and see her at work.

Darlinghurst Exhibitions. Soft Sculpture Has Never Been So Colorful And So Much Fun

Zsa Zsa, 2013, from Infectious Desires


In 2001 Sampson lost everything she owned when her entire studio contents, documentation, personal effects and all works for an upcoming solo show in Australia were swept off a container ship in a storm – she was returning with her partner to Australia from a four year residency in Germany.

This major setback influenced their decision to move back to Norfolk Island – Sampson’s childhood home – and open a bookshop, The Golden Orb.

In 2011, they relocated once again to Sydney – a familiar city to Sampson having attended boarding school here as a teenager and then going on to study painting and sculpture at COFA (UNSW), graduating with a BA M.Art (Majoring in Painting).

Sampson has been a finalist in Sculpture by the Sea nine times, including 2014. She has exhibited her extraordinary work around the country and has been invited to exhibit in three Festival(s) of Pacific Arts.

Infectious Desires marks Margarita Sampson’s first solo show in Sydney in over 10 years, bringing together a significant body of work which has been created over the last three years. During her time back on Norfolk Island from 2001-2011, although having lost her entire studio contents and works in progress, Sampson rebuilt her artist life and made new sculptures. She exhibited in Australia at Craft Victoria in 2006 with a solo show of paper works (made from recycled books) and multiple times in Sculpture by the Sea.

Since the late 90’s Sampson has exhibited her work in Australia, New Zealand, Noumea, Samoa, Palau, New Caledonia and had internships with master artist jewellers in France, Netherlands & United Kingdom having been awarded the Churchill Fellowship in 2009 for her work in contemporary jewellery.

Sampson won the Waterhouse Art Prize in 2012 with her sculpture Zsa Zsa. Sculptures from the same series have been included in the Wynne Prize 2013; the Willoughby Sculpture Prize 2013; the Gold Coast Art Prize 2012. In 2011 Sampson was awarded the Andrea Stretton Memorial Prize at Sculpture by the Sea, with her work titled The Yearning.


Artist. Margarita Sampson. Exhibition. Infectious Desires. Dates. 25 February – 14 March 2015. OPENING. Thursday 26 February 6-8pm.

EVENT. Salon of Infectious Ideas. Saturday 14 March 12-5pm. Gallery. Stanley Street Gallery. Address. 1/52-54 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst 2010. Phone. 02 9368 1142. Hours. Wed-Sat 11am-6pm. Gallery Web

Artist Web.

Cost. FREE. All works are for sale.

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