Elyse de Valle
I established a studio at Artery Cooperative in 2015 which has permitted the continuation of my career as an artist.
I began working as Technical/Relocations Officer for the Interim Collection Storage Improvement Project at the National Gallery of Victoria just prior to completing my Masters, this was a 2-year project which eventuated to the role of Exhibitions and Collections Technician also at the National Gallery of Victoria. I have since pursued the position of Assistant Image Management Officer at Museums Victoria.
What do you like about what you do?
My work as an emerging artist utilises materials and site to express the conceptual concerns of my practice. My work explores little known narratives that permit my contemplation of creative labour, memories, loss and experience. It is often a pursuit to trace and respond to social history, reflecting on how memory is encoded directly and indirectly within the built form.
My artistic practice has been influenced by each of my roles as a public servant. My work at the NGV aligned with and supported my research and creative labour within my artistic practice, my work at the Museum has permitted the same. However, has also granted attention to many of my skills and interests that are not present in my artistic practice, which is such a privilege.
How did your Monash Degree help you?
My study at Monash has certainly been an asset to my career progression. The staff I was lucky enough to work with were the key influences; the technicians, administration staff, professors, lecturers, mentors and tutors all assisted granting the opportunities I have had during and post studying at Monash, by way of education, inspiration, support, networking and inevitable therapeutic conversations.
Monash has many opportunities that are not compulsory to your course completion that have been advantageous to my professional pursuits, including travel opportunities, leading to further study and residencies for myself and a multitude of forums, library information sessions, exhibitions and lectures that are on regular occurrence.
Furthermore, the peers of mine throughout my time at Monash and work experience, whether paid or volunteer work within and external to Monash have been ongoing invaluable assets to my career opportunities and progression.