Yhonnie Scarce


Yhonnie Scarce was born in Woomera, South Australia in 1973. She belongs to the Kokatha and Nukunu peoples.

In 2004 Scarce graduated from the South Australian School of Art with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) majoring in glassmaking. In 2010 Scarce completed her Masters of Fine Arts at Monash University, Melbourne. Scarce is one of the first contemporary Australian artists to explore the political and aesthetic power of glass, she describes her work as “politically motivated and emotionally driven”.

Scarce’s work often references the on-going effects of colonisation on Aboriginal people, In particular her research focus has explored the impact of the removal and relocation of Aboriginal people from their homelands and the forcible removal of Aboriginal children from their families.

In 2014 Scarce exhibited at 19th Biennale of Sydney with the exhibition Weak in Colour but Strong in Blood and The Silence of Others shown at Dianne Tanzer Gallery. In 2013 Scarce exhibited in the 55th Venice Biennale collateral exhibition Personal Structures, Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria, Heartland at the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Western Australia Indigenous Art Awards and at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation. In 2012 Scarce held a residency and exhibited at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum, University of Virginia, USA and participated in Aboriginal art symposiums at Seattle Art Museum and the Hood Museum, New Hampshire.

Selected exhibitions include Deadly: In-between Heaven and Hell, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, as a part of the 2012 Adelaide Festival; Saying No: Reconciling Spirituality and Resistance in Indigenous Australian Art (2011), the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) New York; Another Story-Indigenous Responses to Colonialism (2007), Festival Centre, Adelaide. Scarce's public artwork Iron Cross was part of the 2011/2012 Melbourne Laneway Commission.

In 2008 Scarce became the South Australian recipient of the Inaugural Qantas Foundation Encouragement for Australian Contemporary Art Award and in 2007 received a Women in Research Fellowship, Monash University. She has been shortlisted for the 2010 & 2013 Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards, the 2011 & 2013 Victorian Indigenous Art Award and the Royal Bank of Scotland Art Award. Yhonnie was also shortlisted for The 2012 Cicely & Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Scarce’s work is seen in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, The Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery Australia, Flinders University Art Museum, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, the University of South Australia and numerous international private collections.

In 2015 Scarce will be exhibiting internationally in Hong Kong, Berlin, Japan & Italy and several major projects around Australia.


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December 9, 2015

Yhonnie Scarce’s stunning installation Weak in Colour but Strong in Blood is currently on show at Canberra Contemporary Art Space. Debuted at the 2014 Biennale of Sydney, Weak in Colour and Strong in Blood presents a mixed media laboratory setting … Continue reading

November 20, 2015

  Yhonnie Scarce and Megan Cope have been curated in an exhibition at the Musées de la Civilisation in Québec, Canada. The exhibition, Lifelines: Indigenous Contemporary Art from Australia, includes close to 100 works specially selected by guest curator Professor … Continue reading

April 17, 2015

Following on from  stunning shows at VOLTA NYC and Art Basel Hong Kong earlier this year,  Petrina Hicks and Yhonnie Scarce will be exhibiting together at Michael Reid’s Berlin Gallery in May. Petrina Hicks will be showing her new series … Continue reading

January 23, 2015

We are very proud to announce that Yhonnie Scarce will present a solo exhibition at Art Basel Hong Kong . Art Basel HK plays a significant role in the international artworld, providing a portal to the region’s artists. The new … Continue reading

October 17, 2014

Yhonnie Scarce and Abdul-Rahman Abdullah were invited to participate in the 2014 exhibition ’15 Artists’ at Redcliffe City Art Gallery alongside artists like Vernon Ah Kee, Celeste Chandler and William Yang. The acquisitive award will be announced at the exhibition … Continue reading

October 7, 2014

THIS IS NO FANTASY is proud to announce that Tom Moore is the winner of the $15,000 City of Hobart Art Prize for his glass work ‘Light Bulb Moment’. He won the Ranamok Prize for Contemporary Glass earlier this year and the Art Gallery of … Continue reading

August 8, 2014

Yhonnie Scarce has had her curatorial hat on this month, with her show Outlaws opening at Linden Contemporary tonight. Featuring Dale Harding, The Treaters, James Tylor and Jason Wing, the show runs until 7 September and is well worth checking … Continue reading

July 3, 2014

Get ready for The Victorian Indigenous Art Awards. These awards celebrate the quality and diversity of art practice among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and the richness of Victoria’s Indigenous arts and culture. The shortlist will be announced Friday … Continue reading

June 21, 2014

Today is the final day of Yhonnie Scarce’s exhibition, The Silence of Others, in our Gertrude Street space. If you can’t make it in, there is an excellent review of the work by Toby Fehily at Broadsheet online, as well … Continue reading

April 17, 2014

We are looking forward to our upcoming exhibitions of new work by Yhonnie Scarce. Yhonnie Scarce is currently exhibiting in the Biennale of Sydney (AGNSW) and major work has recently been acquired by the Art Gallery of Western Australia and … Continue reading

April 9, 2014

The New York Times features Yhonnie Scarce’s provocative work ” Weak in Colour But Strong in Blood” in their review of the Biennale of Sydney. Now showing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Scarce’s laboratory-like installation references past … Continue reading

November 21, 2013

Juan Ford and Yhonnie Scarce are both presenting major new installations as a part of the National Gallery of Victoria’s landmark exhibition Melbourne Now. This is the NGV’s largest and most ambitious exhibition with nearly 400 artists, architects, designers and … Continue reading

October 30, 2013

Wonderful news.  Yhonnie Scarce and Michael Cook have each been selected to exhibit major new work in the prestigious   19th Biennale of Sydney 2014 The 19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire will be presented from 21 March – 9 … Continue reading

October 11, 2013

Yhonnie Scarce uses glass as more than a mere material; acting as a lens and a mirror, it both reflects and exposes the tragedies of Australia’s colonisation. Like archaeological objects, Scarce uses her glass works to tell stories and bear … Continue reading

September 24, 2013

Yhonnie Scarce has been announced as a finalist of the 2013 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards. Developed by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria and presented by the Art Gallery of Ballarat, the awards are designed to showcase and raise the profile … Continue reading