DR Simone Slee

DR Simone Slee


  • Sculpture, Installation, Performance, Space (humour, performativity, photography, ephemeral)



  • Simone Slee makes work that has its origins in sculpture. She produces installations, photographs, videos and sculptural objects that often engage the body and have a performance potential. Her practice investigates concepts of abfunction; a term she coined where abfunction is a generative move away from concepts of function within the production and effect of an artwork. In her practice, this has led to the surprizing and unexpected functions and effects of objects or actions. At other times, the effects of absurdity, embarrassment, instability and endurance have been generated through the artwork. Space--the private, public and institutional; provide a field in which these sculptural gestures are often performed. Simone has completed a PhD from the University of Melbourne where she was awarded The Chancellors Prize for Excellence in the PhD Thesis (2018). She has attended the Staedelschule, Frankfurt am Main as a guest student of Professor Ayse Erkmen (2004-6), after being awarded the Anne and Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship (2004). She has a Masters of Arts (Research) from RMIT University (2002), a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art (Sculpture) from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University (1995), and Bachelor of Applied Science (Landscape Architecture) from RMIT (1988), Melbourne. Simone has exhibited nationally and internationally in India and Germany. Most recently she completed an artist in residence at Berlin Glas e.V., Berlin, representing Australia in the Australia Now - Germany 2017 DFAT celebration of culture and has had solo representations of her work at: Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) (2016), the Margaret Lawrence Gallery, VCA (2015). Other recent solo exhibitions include: Hold UP, (2013), Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne and in 2012 she represented Sarah Scout with a solo exhibition, How long, at the India Art Fair, New Delhi, India. Her work, Houses that are happy to help with at least one of the possible problems of art, (   




Additional Grant Information

  • Simone has successfully secured funding from the Australia Council and Arts Victoria.   


Education and training

  • PhD., University of Melbourne 2017
  • MA, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 2002
  • BaFA, University of Melbourne 1995
  • BaAppSci (LA), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 1988

Awards and honors

  • The Chancellors Prize for Excellence in the PhD Thesis, 2018
  • Australia Council Career Development Grant, 2018
  • Grant to support exhibition at AtelierFrankfurt and publication of Simone Slee catalogue in Frankfurt, Germany, Arts Victoria, 2010
  • Awarded for PhD, Help a Sculpture and other abfunctional potentials, APA, 2007
  • Scholarship to study as a Guest Student of Professor Ayse Erkmen at the Staedelschule fur Bildende Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Anne and Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship, 2004



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • - Simone’s research students have an interest in: sculpture; the body; performance; photography; video; materiality; space; process and installation. She warmly welcomes future research students with this shared enquiry.