Born in 1990 in Sydney (AU), Gabriella Hirst works primarily with video and performance, however, her practice incorporates diverse methodologies and media including painting, ceramics, text and sound. Her works are unified by an ongoing interest in societal and personal approaches to conservation and slippage. She is interested how one might adopt a romantic approach without complete surrender, testing the boundary between sincerity and skepticism. Hirst completed visual art and media studies at the Slade School of Fine Art (London), IUAV (Venice), and the College of Fine Art (Sydney). She is a recipient of the Martin Bequest Travelling Scholarship, the John Crampton Postgraduate Award, and was recently shortlisted for the 2018 Ivan Jurtiz Prize at Kings College, selected by Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing, and the South London Gallery Studio program. She has undertaken residencies at The Cite Internationale des Arts (Paris), Cove Park (Scotland) and the ZKU (Berlin). Hirst has exhibited widely, recently as part of the Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition in London and Newcastle, the Courtauld East Wing Biennale at Somerset House, Video Contemporary at Carriageworks (AU) and, NEW16 at the Australian Center of Contemporary Art.