Megan Cope is a Quandamooka woman (North Stradbroke Island) in South East Queensland. Her site-specific sculptural installations, video work and paintings investigate issues relating to identity, the environment and mapping practices.
Cope’s work often resists prescribed notions of Aboriginality and become psychogeographies across various material outcomes that challenge the grand narrative of ‘Australia’ as well as our sense of time and ownership in a settler colonial state.
Most recently Cope was a finalist for the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize and also undertook a residency in Paris with the Australian Print Workshop for an upcoming project titled “French Connections”. Her large scale sculptural installations have been curated into three major national survey exhibitions, ‘The National’ (2017) at the Art Gallery of NSW, ‘Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial’ (2017) at the National Gallery of Australia and ‘Sovereignty’ (2016) at ACCA.
In 2016 Cope was commissioned to create new work for ‘Frontier Imaginaries’ at QUT Art Museum which toured to Al-Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem. She also exhibited alongside Tracey Moffatt at Artspace in ‘Bereft’, a solo exhibition of sculptural and video work in 2016. Also in 2016 she was curated into a number of important institutional exhibitions including ‘The Fraud Complex’ at West Space, ’Another Day in Paradise’ at Campbelltown Arts Centre, ‘Proppanow’ at Footscray Arts Centre and ‘Revisioning Histories’ at Bundoora Homestead.
Cope’s work has been exhibited in Australia and internationally including at Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art; Gold Coast City Art Gallery; MONA FOMA, Hobart; ARC Biennial, Brisbane; Cairns Regional Art Gallery; Koori Heritage Trust, Melbourne; City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand; Para Site Contemporary Art Space, Hong Kong; Careof Art Space, Milan; the Australian Embassy, Washington and Next Wave Festival, 2014. In 2015 Cope’s work was curated into an exhibition at Musées de la Civilisation in Québec, Canada, which also acquired her work for their permanent collection. She undertook a Time_Space_Place: Nomad Residency 2014 awarded through Performance Space, Sydney.
Cope is a member of Aboriginal art collective proppaNOW.