Freÿa Black is an emerging Australian artist and curator, currently based in Meanjin, the traditional lands of the Turrbal and Jagera Peoples. Freÿa has a background in spatial installation, performance, video/sound and object design. Freÿa’s artistic practice is a conceptual exploration of the passage of affect that exists between artist and art process, artist and observer and the individual in the environment. In consideration of these relationships her work seeks to reveal how precognitive thought and subjectively experienced feeling, or Affects, may be communicated and shared through an interdisciplinary art practice.
In her approach to practice Freÿa seeks to examine the methods of artmaking, which are often driven by an idea or concept that is not fully recognised or consciously acknowledged in the process but rather felt intuitively. This is informed by ideas surrounding perpetual delay, repetition and the cycles of creation, manifestation and decay.
As a result of her experiences working and exhibiting, she has turned her focus to curating, completing a Master of Art Curating at The University of Sydney in 2020. The focus of her curatorial practice has been equally divided between her passion for exploring feminist issues and her continuing research into the artistic and cultural practices of First Nations Australian artists. In 2019 Freÿa travelled to Maningrida in West Arnhem, NT with a travelling scholarship awarded by The University of Sydney, to undertake an internship in the Culture Office at Maningrida Arts and Culture. This experience proved invaluable to her curatorial practice and understanding of First Nations art movements whilst cementing an aspiration to continue working with First Nations Artists, particularly within the Northern Territory.
Freÿa graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) School of Art in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Art and Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours 1st) and was subsequently a recipient of the 2015 RMIT Honours Travelling Scholarship Grant. Freÿa graduated from The University of Sydney with a Master of Art Curating in 2020 and was a recipient of the 2019 University of Sydney Faculty of Arts Postgraduate Travelling Scholarship.
In 2015 and again in 2016 Freÿa collaborated with Melbourne film maker Justin Batchelor in his ongoing web series of short films ‘The Calling’, documenting the creative processes of artists and performers.
Freÿa lives, works and creates on the unceded sovereign lands of the Turrbal and Yagera Peoples.