Nadia Odlum is a multidisciplinary artist driven by a fascination with urban environments. They create playful and immersive works that explore personal and collective experiences of urban life, and that generate spaces for social engagement and interaction. Their methods are broad, with projects spanning painting, drawing, artists’ books, sculpture, performance collaborations, public artworks and pedagogical projects. The works are united by an abstract, geometric visual language that draws inspiration from the patterns and forms of the built environment. Often working site specifically, and with recycled or reclaimed urban materials, Odlum’s works mirror and abstract familiar components of city environments to form new spatial and material relationships. With characteristic playfulness, Odlum deploys boundless and queer curiosity to create new interactions and perceptions within urban space.

Odlum’s work has been shown in galleries and public spaces across Australia and internationally. This includes presentations at the Art Gallery of NSW, Home of the Arts (HOTA) and MANA Contemporary USA, as well as public art commissions for Urban Art Projects and Kaldor Public Art Projects. Education credentials include a Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Honours) at the National Art School in 2012 and a Master of Fine Arts by Research at UNSW Art & Design in 2016, receiving the Australian Postgraduate Award. Other significant awards include the Helen Lempriere Scholarship and the Dyason Bequest. Odlum has completed residencies at Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, The Wassaic Project in New York, The Vermont Studio Centre, Palazzo Monti in Italy and Parramatta Artists’ Studios in Sydney. 

At present, Nadia Odlum is an artist in residence at Parramatta Artists’ Studios Rydalmere, and a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney. They are part of the Australian Research Council funded project ART/PLAY/RISK: An interdisciplinary approach to building child friendly cities

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Photo by Jacquie Manning, courtesy of Parramatta Artist's Studios 

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