Installation view of Anna Varendorff’s work <em>Invertibles</em> 2022 (front) on display as part of the <em>Melbourne Now</em> exhibition at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne from 24 March – 20 August 2023.    Image: Tom Ross

Anna Varendorff

Anna Varendorff
(b. 1980, Brisbane, Queensland. Lives and works in Melbourne)

Anna Varendorff is an artist and maker working across sculpture, jewellery, fine art and objects. With formal training as a metalsmith, Varendorff creates pieces that explore the potential of their material, marrying thoughtful concepts with a utilitarian sensibility. Under the moniker A.C.V studio, she also creates handmade, curved brass sculptures that she is well-known for both in Australia and internationally.

Invertible is a stainless-steel vessel that functions in multiple directions. A self-confessed fan of ‘finding stuff left by others on the footpath’, Varendorff evokes the language and potential of found objects – imagining the vessel being used, adapted and interpreted by people in their own ways.

Varendorff completed a Master of Fine Art at Monash University in 2015. She has exhibited extensively around Australia and overseas. Splitting her time between her art practice and her work through A.C.V studio, Varendorff emphasises the work of the craftsperson as a point of distinction in each piece: intentionally, no two pieces are ever the same. In her brass works through A.C.V studio, vases are left untreated so they can develop a natural patina over time, with pink hues rising to the surface and exposing the copper base of the material.

Varendorff has exhibited at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art as part of NEW16; at CAVES at The Substation; and at TCB Art Inc., Bus Projects, Craft, c3 Contemporary Art Space, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Anna Pappas Gallery, among others.ary Art Space, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Anna Pappas Gallery, among others.