Megan Cope is a finalist in the Redlands Art Prize 2018, Emerging Artist category.
Cope’s ‘Currents I’ is a kinetic installation focussing on climate change, particularly concerning rising sea levels and ocean acidification. Transforming over a period of time, the installation is an unpredictable work of art. The collaborative piece first developed between artist Megan Cope and marine biologist Roberta Johnson integrates mapping of sea and country, modes of scientific experimentation and references to Aboriginal cultural middens.
This work connects local precolonial social economic histories as well as ocean acidification testing . In each of their fields, both artist and scientist used evidence from the past to provide a forecast of what our futures may look like. Cope’s work embodies the connection between past, present and future through its imagery and materiality. It asks us to consider where we stand in relation to the landscape and Australian culture, and how our actions will shape them for tomorrow.
The work of all finalists will be on show at the National Art School Gallery in Sydney from 15 March – 12 May 2018.