Honorary Associate Professor, Dr Bonita Ely, is one of the pioneers of Australian environmental art and has been exhibiting sculpture, photography, performance, painting, video sound and drawing since 1969. Her installations, Interior Decoration, addressing inter generational post traumatic stress disorder as an outcome of war, and artworks addressing the plastics pollution of water will be exhibited in Kassel, Germany and Athens for Documenta 14 this year.
Ely’s artwork is in national and international collections and has been selected for prestigious national and international events. Recent public art projects include Thunderbolt for the celebrations of the 10th Anniversary of the Sydney Olympic Games at Sydney Olympic Park, and Lake Thunder, a public sculpture commission for the 4th International Sculpture Symposium, Hue, Vietnam (2006) and Longevity: Scissors and Sickles, public sculpture commission, 3rd International Sculpture Symposium: Hue, Vietnam (2002). Recent solo exhibitions include The Murray’s Edge (2009) at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, at Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland (2009), The Cleveland Street Project, Performance Space, Sydney (2006) and Outside Inside: Fragments in Place, Museum of Art, Brigham Young University, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A. (2003–04). In 2010 she was invited to exhit in the group shows, In the Balance, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, the Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, and at Cambelltown Arts Centre, Cambelltown, NSW.
Bonita Ely is a founding member of the Environmental Research Institute of Art (ERIA) at UNSW, funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage research grant.