In 2021 Rmsina Daniel was a finalist in Eden Unearthed, the first year she had submitted. Her work Casting a Shadow was a site-specific two-dimensional work that documented a tree’s demise from drought throughout the year. It formed part of a body of work the artist has been working on, and this year a similar vertical piece titled Knowledge Doesn’t Know, will be created against a saffron coloured wall in the garden (of Eden).
Rmsina Daniel is a Sydney-based artist who was awarded a BFA at The National Art School in 2020, specialising in Sculpture. Daniel was born in 1997, in Baghdad, Iraq, to Assyrian parents. Rmsina reflected about arriving in Australia eight years ago, “I arrived in Sydney, Australia in April 2014. By then we dealt with the persecution and the unsettled circumstances of my country. So, we had to move somewhere safer to have a better future. And the fate was Australia.”
Her experience at "Eden Unearthed" Eden Gardens (2021) left its mark Rmsina explained, “Being part of Eden unearthed show 2021 was a pleasure. When I attended the opening of the show there was a delightful vibe that made feel blessed to be part of the show. Also, Eden Unearthed is not like other shows - it was so good to receive a prize to cover the cost of the materials.That was a real help.”
Rmsina’s recent exhibitionsinclude "EMANATE" The New England Regional Art Museum (2021), “Casting a Vision” Eden and the Willow (2021), "Grad Show" National Art School (2020), Awards include National Art School Collection’s Student Acquisitions (2020). The Dr John Vallance Prize for Sculpture (2019).
Aside from her art practice, Rmsina loves teaching others about art and how to see the world through an artist’s eye. Last year she participated in a few children’s workshops at Eden Gardens, and we look forward to her being involved in workshops this year with Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets.Rmsinaadded, “Giving me the chance to run a workshop was very beneficial because I realised that I could teach and run a class. I’m very pleased with what I do, and what I’ve achieved as a sculptor so far. I have started teaching at Arterest Art School in Burwood Heights on the weekend, which makes my weekend pleasant.What I want to achieve is to become a full-time artist and not to do so many other jobs on the side to support my career I hope to continue working in my studio, and have many exhibitions.”
Photo Credit: Mark J Ryan
By: Meredith Kirton