Filtering modern art and craft traditions through her own inventive sensibility, Melbourne-based artist Kylie Stillman transforms common materials into divine works of art. Her sculptures reveal a dexterous ability to work with a range of materials, from paper stacks and timber constructs to outdated book volumes and ballpoint pens. Not many artists make art by taking the subject away, but for Stillman this is the secret. When working with books, each sheet of paper is painstakingly carved by hand with a scalpel to create forms that emerge in absence.
Stillman completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honours at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in 1999. She has since held several solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group shows, including Wonderland, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (2012), Size of Life, Gippsland Art Gallery (2010), Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia (2008), Snap Freeze: Still Life Now, Tarrawarra Museum of Art (2007), The Informal Garden, Gertrude Contemporary (2005) and Uncanny: The Unnaturally Strange, Artspace, Auckland (2005). Stillman has been awarded Australia Council for the Arts studio residencies in New York (2009) and Milan (2006) and she has been commissioned to create large-scale artworks for Hermés Australia (2011) and Westpac Banking Group (2010).