Theia Connell was born in 1990 in New South Wales, Australia. She completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne in 2010, finishing with a major in Art History and minor in Anthropology. She went on to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Art) in Sculpture and Spatial Practice at the Victorian College of Arts, University of Melbourne, in 2014.
Connell has exhibited frequently across Australia and internationally in her capacity as a solo artist, as one half of a collaborative partnership (a form of working she often seeks out), and as a participating artist in curated exhibitions. She has undertaken international residencies in Athens, Greece, and Incheon, Republic of Korea, where she was a 2017 Asialink Arts resident at Incheon Art Platform, an opportunity made possible by generous support from Arts Tasmania.
In her art practice, Theia Connell works across a variety of media from sculpture and installation, to video, performance and sound. She often makes work site-specifically, and allows the situation to feed the conceptual content of her work. While freely moving between styles and mediums, Connell consistently returns to fundamental questions on social sanctity; How does our built environment shape our behaviours as individuals and as communities? This broad base informs more pointed enquiries into the performance of culture and taste, the politics of space, labour and language, feminism, sexuality and the hybridisation of objects. Connell happily deploys humour, absurdity and poetry as method and tactic for her soft critiques and observational play.