Exhibitions draw on essence of Quandamooka

Two intriguing exhibitions with connections to Quandamooka country are now featuring at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland.

Convolution, a woven sculptural installation, and Yunggulba (floodtide) by Megan Cope of the Brisbane-based Aboriginal Collective proppaNOW, will be on show until Sunday 17 August.

Redland City Council art, culture and innovation spokesman Cr Paul Bishop said the exhibitions creatively fused art with local natural and traditional history.

“These are about the essence of Quandamooka country and show the strong environmental and social character of the Redlands,” he said.

“They are important events for our gallery, which is set in the midst of the country from which the artists’ inspiration was drawn.

“They continue for a few more weeks and are really worth exploring.’’

Convolution features the woven sculptures of contemporary fibre artists Casselle Mountford and Anaheke Metua, who explore a range of methods of weaving natural fibre and other materials to create individual, site-specific installations in the gallery.

This exhibition is a branch project of North Stradbroke Island’s annual Lines in the Sand: Art in the Environment festival, with materials and inspiration sourced from Straddie’s natural environment.

Both artists have been “artists in residence” during Lines in the Sand and their installations reflect the creative spirit and environmental sensitivity at the festival’s heart.

Megan Cope’s Yunggulba (floodtide) is an extension of the artist’s series After the Flood, which raises questions about climate change and the vulnerability of coastal residents.

Cope uses military topographical maps from 1930-45, when Aboriginal people were largely invisible on the social landscape and heavily affected by government policies, to expose the cultural legacy of colonialism.

For more information phone: (07) 3829 8484 or email gallery@redland.qld.gov.au

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