BETTY SARGEANT: ARTIST
Dr Betty Sargeant is a multi-award-winning, internationally recognised media artist from Melbourne, Australia. Betty uses art and technology to address the leading questions and concerns of our times. Her video art, public art, and immersive art are illuminated as she works with the medium of light.
Betty has made commissioned artworks for institutions such as the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan), the Asia Culture Centre (South Korea), Questacon (Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre), the Melbourne Museum (Australia) and Experimenta (Australian media art triennial). She’s exhibited in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. Betty has academic publications and regularly speaks at public events because she loves art and ideas. Her creative practice PhD was ranked top three at the CHASS Prize (2016), she won Good Design Awards (2020 and 2018) and a Victorian Premier’s Design Award (2017) as she has a progressive arts practice.
Betty Sargeant was awarded the Rupert Bunny Foundation Visual Art Fellowship, the Melbourne Knowledge Fellowship (Australia) and was creator-in-residence at the Asia Culture Centre (South Korea). In 2019 Betty represented Australia in an international delegation because she has expertise in forming new creative collaborations and partnerships. Betty helps curate and deliver the visual art program at the Victorian Pride Centre (Australia’s premier queer hub). She is also a mentor for artists at the Centre for Projection Art as she believes in knowledge sharing.
Betty has a solo arts practice yet she also collaborates with a range of artists, scientists and designers. Betty has collaborated with Justin Dwyer under the art duo name PluginHUMAN. She’s also worked with Yorta Yorta artist Lorraine Brigdale. Here’s what people say about her work:
“Impressive, perfectly prepared artwork.JungSoo Park, CEO, Culture&U, South Korea
“A highly experienced creative team who delivered an outstanding project … a high level of professionalism”.Georgia Rouette, Public Arts Officer, City of Port Phillip, Australia
“crossing the borders between science, art and nature.John Lewis, Shepparton News, Australia
Betty Sargeant creates video art at the intersection of art and technology. Her unique hyper-pop style shines through the flash editing, oversaturated colour and layered aesthetic. Each work is underpinned with a new creative and cultural concept. At times the works focus on environmental issues because Betty actively advocates for positive change to addresses our climate realities. At times these works highlight our relationship with the digital world since many of us operate in a hybrid digital-analogue reality.
Betty makes immersive installations where she places people in the centre of a multi-sensory experience. These artworks surround you with a surprising and unique designed environment. Sometimes these works are interactive because they allow you to enact change upon the exhibition space. Sometimes the art is reacting to environmental changes and as a result you can experience hidden aspects of our natural world. And sometimes these works simply envelop you in the new and consequently they are arresting and make you stop and be present. People are central to Betty’s immersive art installations.
Betty makes custom designed public art for community and civic spaces. Each piece is site specific and reflects the surrounding natural or built environment. These works are in the public domain, they reach new audiences and place art in a central position within people’s live.
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Betty Sargeant lives and works on Boon Wurrung land. She respects First Nations culture and heritage.