At Home With Your Collection

Welcome to our new series – At Home With Your Collection – where collectors currently in isolation present the artists in their collections, and we let you know how you can support them.


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Mariam Arcilla

Today we’re exploring the collection of Sydney writer and artsworker Mariam Arcilla.

Mariam with Sam Doctor’s photograph Untitled (from the series A Song for the Stonebreakers) hangs above the couch, purchased at the Alaska Projects Auction in 2019 (Doctor is represented by Chalk Horse).

“I was mesmerised by Sam’s photograph of Indonesian volcano sulphur miners. My Filipino ancestors lived on volcano land, so I’m drawn to the folklores surrounding these ethereal but turbulent sites.”

Placed next to the record player is Super Future Race a text painting by Megan Cope (represented by Milani Gallery).

“Megan created this work for me as a response to our chats about intersectionality and racial tropes (we’re both people of colour). The text represents a utopian race that transcends injustice and hierarchy. She used glow-in-the-dark paint, so her words are often the last thing I see before bedtime.”

Kate Mitchell’s exercise routine video, purchased from her Working It Out exhibition at Chalk Horse in Sydney (she is also represented by Anna Schwartz in Melbourne).

“While homebound, I’m doing ‘broom squats’ to Kate Mitchell’s exercise video. Her practice often explores modern-day labour and opportunities. In our moment of self-isolation, job uncertainty and mental and physical strain, her video makes me think about the ways in which we are ‘working it out’. Also, Kate’s exercise soundtrack is addictively kitschy.”

“The flat I share with my husband is tiny, so aside from a few wall works, I tend to collect shelf-sized sculptures and books by artists I admire or have invested in. Small works can still hypnotise a room.”

Sculptures top to bottom: Lotte Schwerdtfeger’s ceramic and crystal vessel (represented by Darren Knight); Alice Lang’s porcelain body-scan mugs; Lynda Draper’s earthenware set (represented by Gallerysmith); Shilpa Gupta’s concrete fragment, collected from TarraWarra Museum of Art; Emily Hunt’s glazed stoneware ring; Holly Macdonald’s fragment, purchased from Firstdraft Auction 2019; Lauren Simeoni’s Fanta-orange plastic reef necklace, bought from Jam Factory; Laurence Usher’s cabbage mug, bought from Museum of Brisbane. On the wall, a polished graphite panel by Matthew Allen (represented by Fox Jensen Gallery). A work swap.

Special edition art books by Australian and international artists, including: Jonny Niesche (represented by Sarah Cottier Gallery), Francis Upritchard (represented by Ivan Anthony Gallery), Julian Dashper (represented by Fine Arts Sydney), Adriana Varejão (represented by Gagosian), Eva Hesse (represented by Hauser & Wirth), Eugenia Lim (represented by STATION), Laura Jones (represented by Olsen Gallery). Symbol vases by Nicolette Johnson (represented by Sophie Gannon Gallery in Melbourne and Jan Murphy in Brisbane).