Carolyn McKay

visual art | criminology

© Copyright Carolyn McKay 2021

Carolyn McKay is a visual artist as well as an academic at the University of Sydney Law School. She holds degrees in Commerce/Law (UNSW), MSA and MVA (Sydney College of the Arts), and PhD (University of Sydney Law School).

Carolyn’s creative practice encompasses digital video and audio, photomedia and painting. Research and artworks both revolve around audio visual technologies in prisons and courts; courthouse obsolescence; visual representations of criminality; convict tattoo designs; convict bio-data descriptions; criminal monikers; medieval suicide and surveillance technologies.

Carolyn is currently undertaking The Crime Scene Motel Project. In 2021 she collaborated and performed with Jacques Emery, Jim Denley & Romy Caen in The Bottled Up Festival 'Hearing the Unheard', curated by Michelle St Anne (The Living Room Theatre) & Jacques Emery at the East Sydney Community & Arts Centre. The collaborative piece, The Dream Test, responded to a piece of mid-century wall art, hanging in one of the crime scene motels:

The recipient of many awards, Carolyn has also been selected for residencies at The Lock-Up in Newcastle 2009 and Bundanon 2005.

In 2018, she curated justiceINjustice at The Lock-Up, an exhibition that received an IMAGinE award from Museums & Galleries NSW.

Australian public collections include Blacktown City Council, Bundanon Trust, Mosman Art Gallery, The Lock-Up Cultural Centre and Waverley Council. Carolyn's work has been reproduced on the covers of Law Text Culture, Volume 14 Law's Theatrical Presence.

Overseas public collections: the unbound A Book About Death collection (group show in New York) has been acquired by MoMA New York, the LA County Museum of Art Research Library, Los Angeles and The Tabernacle MoMA Wales. The Um Libro Sobre a Morte and TROY ART works have become part of the permanent collection of Museo Brasileiro da Escultura, Sao Paulo Brazil.

Carolyn McKay

Model Prison, 2015, Verge Gallery's Doing Time exhibition curated by Carrie Miller

Carolyn McKay, She was in the dream test, Crime Scene Motel,  2019