Megan Cope is a Quandamooka woman (North Stradbroke Island) in South East Queensland. She lives and works between Minjerribah and Melbourne. 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 completed a commission for the Australian War Memorial as the Official War Artist, as well as a residency in Paris with the Australian Print Workshop. Cope’s work has been exhibited in Australia and internationally including at Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art; Musées de la Civilisation in Québec, Canada; MONA, Hobart; Art Gallery of NSW; City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand; Para Site Contemporary Art Space, Hong Kong; Careof Art Space, Milan; and the Australian Embassy, Washington.
Cope’s large-scale sculptural installations were curated into three recent 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.
Other group exhibitions include Material Place at UNSW Galleries, Installation Contemporary at Sydney Contemporary, Another Day in Paradise at Campbelltown Arts Centre, Dead Ringer at PICA and Re-visioning Histories at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre. In 2015, Cope won the $50,000 Western Australian Indigenous Art Award at the Art Gallery of WA for her video work The Blaktism. Cope is a member of Aboriginal art collective proppaNOW.