Mariana del Castillo


Visual Art


Ruination explores Mariana del Castillo's relationship to country and the short history of colonial farming practices; our continued reliance on fossil fuels ignoring the signs and the underbelly of our choices.

Mariana's tableaux uses a wide variety of found materials; the home is housed within the individual and can travel and survive migration and displacement. The work also reflects on universal issues of identity, connectivity and survival.

The fact that most of the materials employed in del Castillo's sculptural tableaux’s have been recycled adds an additional level of social commentary on what society chooses to discard, so that this detritus can come back to haunt the society that rejected it - Sasha Grishin


Mariana del Castillo graduated with a BA at the ANU School of Art & Design 1989.Mariana was invited: Concept Costume Designer – ‘Red dress’ Production, Denmark; site specific installations in 2019 Canberra Glassworks; 2017 CMAG; Footy Fever at CCAS; Art + Climate = change at the Australian Galleries, Melbourne; and Protest at M16 Art Space. A finalist in the Domain Project in 2008; She was invited to produce artworks for 2016-18, 20 ‘Contour 556, 2020 Installations: Art not Apart, Assembly Point, Melbourne, Slot window Gallery Alexandria, Sydney; Gallery126, Armidale. Finalist: 2018 Deakin University Contemporary art award. 2017 Woollahra Small Sculpture prize, Fishers Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre recipient: 2009 CAPO Rosalie Gascoigne award and the 2015 CAPO Macquarie Wealth Award. Her works are in public and private collections including the Canberra Museum and Gallery, ANU, NRS Group, the Parliamentary Group, Harris Hobbs art collection, Gorman House art collection, St. Dominican Glebe, Mallesons Stephen & Jaques, Barristers and Solicitors and Private and Corporate collections in Australia, U.K, Ecuador, USA, Japan, Germany.



1:00 pm - 7:00 pm | The Shine Dome Sculpture Garden