Louise Rippert (b.1966) is a Melbourne based artist best known for creating delicate and carefully worked collages. Completing her Masters of Fine Arts by Research at Monash University in 2002, her practice spans nearly 30 years and has also explored sculpture, both permanent and ephemeral, as well as light-based public installations.
Her finished collages are the result of hours, days and months invested in what would seem to most of us as painstaking efforts at almost microscopic levels, but to have reached this state Rippert’s works have seeded and grown through various stages of sourcing and experimenting with materials and methods. The calm acceptance of devoting limitless time to her work is underpinned by Rippert’s longstanding interest in Eastern philosophy, the nature of consciousness and her love of travel throughout India.
Rippert’s professional appointments have seen her as an acting member of the Deakin University Acquisition Advisory Group as well as a sessional teacher in both printmaking and painting at Monash University. She has won numerous awards and grants including: New Works Grant from Arts Victoria; Match Funding from Creative Partnerships Australia; 54th Blake Prize for Religious and Spiritual Art, 2005; Rio Tinto Alcan Queensland Alumina Ltd Award for Works on Paper, 2009; Darebin Art prize, People’s Choice Award, 2015 and the Australian Print Workshop, Collie Trust Award, 1996.
Rippert is represented in the following collections: National Gallery of Victoria; Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmania; Mornington Peninsular Regional Gallery; Deakin University, Monash University, RMIT University as well as private collections within Australia and overseas.