Il Grillo Parlante
June cube installation 2011
Neil Fettling has been an exhibiting artist since 1977, with solo and numerous group exhibitions held throughout Europe, USA, Asia and Australia.
His current work and research involves the history and sociology if North West Victorian Mallee dry land farmers and their determination to tame a vast semi desert land. This is traced through the collection and re-interpretation of the relics left behind on their farming properties. Neil is interested in the abundant waste and bloated heritage of our post industrial materialism and how the cultural artifact has replaced nature as a signifier of meaning.
A Senior lecturer and coordinator of the School of Visual Arts and Design and Campus Director at La Trobe University’s Mildura Campus, Neil has also been the Chair of Murray Darling Palimpsest – a biennale contemporary visual art event where artists are invited to respond to environmental and social issues affecting inland Australia.
Neil has a Master of Arts by Research from Royal Melbourne Institute of technology and is currently undertaking a PhD at Monash University in Australia. Previously, he completed a Diploma of Fine Art at Bendigo Institute of technology and a certificate of Fine Art and language at the Paris American Academy in France.