Mikala Dwyer constructs idiosyncratic, personal spaces within the conventional architecture of the gallery using materials that have a strong association with the body. Her installations and sculptures are experimental and experiential architectures that play with the permeable and changeable nature of objects, materials and our relationship with them.
Dwyer’s work was selected for the Museum of Contemporary Art’s inaugural Primavera exhibition in 1992. Her recent solo exhibitions include: the garden of half-life, University of Sydney Art Gallery, Sydney (2014); Goldene Bend’er, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2013); Drawing Down the Moon, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2012); Panto Collapsar, Arts Project, Dublin (2012); Square Cloud Compound, Hamish Morrison Galerie, Berlin(2010) Moon Garden, Aratoi Museum, Masterton, New Zealand (2008); Black Sun Blue Moon, Hamish Morrison Galerie, Berlin (2007); The Addition and Subtractions and The Hanging Garden, Kunstraum, Potsdam (2007), I Maybe We, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand (2005) and Mikala Dwyer, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2000).
Group exhibitions include The Hall of Half-Life, Stierischer Herbst Festival, Graz, Austria (2015); Magnetism, Hazelwood, Sligo, Ireland (2015); You Imagine What You Desire, 19th Biennale of Sydney, Cockatoo Island, Sydney (2014); De Rerum Natura, Studio La Città, Verona (2014); The End of the 20th Century. The Best is Yet to Come, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2013); Future Primitive, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2013); and a major site-specific installation on Cockatoo Island for The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010). Among her other group exhibitions are Almanac: The Gift of Ann Lewis AO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2009); The Ecologies Project, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne (2008); Lost and Found: An Archaeology of the Present, TarraWarra Biennial, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, Victoria (2008); Mystic Truths, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand (2007); Den Haag Sculptuur: De Overkant/Down Under_, The Hague (2007); High Tide, CAC Vilnius and Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw (2006); Face Up: Contemporary Art from Australia, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2003); Contempora 5, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne (1999); OrientATION, 4th International Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul (1995) and Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (1993).
Dwyer was the recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship Grant in 2009. Her work is held in various public collections including major state galleries and university collections in Australia, and Auckland City Gallery and Waikato Museum in New Zealand.