Tuesday, 03 November 2020
This exhibition by Monique Tippett, is the culmination of the 2020 Parliament of Western Australia and Edith Cowan University Artist-in-Residence Programme. This affiliation and residency provides uniquely engaging opportunities in art, historical, cultural and political contexts. The works of Monique Tippett are an exploration of her relationship with the natural environment of south west Western Australia. Specifically, the forest landscape that surrounds her home near Dwellingup in the Peel region.
The forests of this area are an inestimably valuable, thin belt of undiscovered biodiversity, part of one of only thirty-five worldwide biodiversity hotspots. Through the ongoing and unfettered spread of bauxite mining and the imminent threat of climate change it needs our protection more than ever. Through her work Monique strives to portray its scale, its light, texture and beauty. She hopes to bring focus to its fragility in the face of the grave man-made threats before it.
Her works are finely crafted objects and stand as a record of one woman’s insight and relationship with this unique environment. Each piece transcends the two-dimensional image, spanning the gap between sculpture and painting. Light reflected off the surface, in a subtle linear geometry, engages the viewer and the tactile language of bark and timber provide an intimate and material connection. The works are enigmatic, abstraction draws contemplation, its mystery holds the viewer in place and asks them to consider their own relationship with the natural world, to stand quietly and feel a part of the peace and the power that is felt when immersed amongst a wild and ancient place.
After living in the heart of the forest for 19 years, its soul has infiltrated her own. Her connection is strong, and she says she “can only wonder at the depth of connection to country a whole people achieved over 60000 years.”
Monique is an established, leading West Australian artist with a prolific studio practice and a catalogue of public artworks in Perth, the wheatbelt and the southwest. Her most recent commission hangs in the foyer of the West Australian Parliament House, as part of her tenure as Parliamentary Artist in Residence for 2019. Her work is held in many private and public collections nationally and internationally.
Dates: Friday 10 November to Thursday 18 December 2020
Location: Gallery 25, Building 10 Mount Lawley Campus, Edith Cowan University.
Date: Thursday 19 November 2020
Time: 5.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Gallery 25, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 10
Friday 10 November to Thursday 17 December
10.00am - 4.00pm Tues - Fri and by appointment
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Phone: (61 8) 6304 6196
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