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Dan & Emma Monceaux make and exhibit art promoting social justice

In addition to their commitment to promoting nature and its conservation and restoration, Dan Monceaux and Emma Monceaux’s artworks often promote social justice. Emma’s most recent artwork “Freedom from Fear” is the latest manifestation of this, though the theme has been present in their work for many years.

“Freedom from Fear” is currently showing in Stitch & Resist, a group art exhibition curated by the Centre of Democracy in Adelaide, and presented at The Mill. Emma’s new work is typographical, hand-stitched onto a wire fly-screen background using long black glass beads and evocative red silk thread.

Freedom from Fear – Emma Monceaux

Emma’s artist statement for “Freedom from Fear” follows:

Everyone deserves to feel safe and live without fear. To live a life free from physical
and psychological abuse, free from slavery, torture, exploitation, racism, oppression,
discrimination, intimidation, harassment, interference and gaslighting. The trauma response
to such experiences can have long-term and devastating impacts on an individual, not all of
which are visible to others. Fear is fuelled when an individual’s freedom is taken away by the
cruel intentions of another.

Dan Monceaux’s prior artworks with social justice themes include his works on surveillance, policing, Julian Assange and Wikileaks, racism, freedom and national security. These themes have emerged in his animated LED badge designs (in production), designs for shirts and other apparel available to buy on Redbubble and Zazzle, and most recently his Intelligence Ltd cartoon series (in production). Some of those design feature in the gallery below.

Dan Monceaux and Emma Monceaux will continue to make artwork that supports a more peaceful, just and equitable world for people and the biosphere. You can support them by purchasing work from this website.

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Emma Monceaux’s kiln-formed glass plates now available in the Onkaparinga Art Shop

Emma Monceaux River 4 square plate small front 2020

Despite the massive global upheaval caused by COVID-19, Force of Nature artists have kept busy, working on new designs, artwork and products inspired by the natural world. Since exhibiting with her husband Dan Monceaux in the two-person exhibition River to Reef, Emma Monceaux has continued to extend her various nature-inspired glass plate series. Many of these new works can now be seen on this website.

A small selection of Emma’s kiln-formed glass plates is also now available to view and purchase at the Onkaparinga Arts Art Shop. Housed under the same roof as a public gallery, the building is chock full of original works by South Australian artists. Works range from small wearable artworks, gift cards and jewellery to painted and sculptural works suitable for hanging.

Emma Monceaux - Wave 1 (2020)
Emma Monceaux – Wave 1 (2020)

Emma’s self-standing sculptural glass artwork Wave 1 also features in the annual Onkaparinga Surf Art Exhibition, which will be showing until 1 February 2021. Emma’s glass plate selection on sale in the Art Shop also appears in the slideshow below.

The Onkaparinga Arts gallery and shop are staffed by a combination of City of Onkaparinga employees and volunteers, some of which are also exhibiting artists so feel free to ask them about the work when you visit. The gallery is located at 22 Gawler Street, Port Noarlunga, South Australia and is open the following days and hours:

  • Monday 10:00 AM–04:00 PM
  • Tuesday 10:00 AM–04:00 PM
  • Wednesday 10:00 AM–04:00 PM
  • Thursday 10:00 AM–04:00 PM
  • Friday 10:00 AM–04:00 PM
  • Saturday 01:00 PM–04:00 PM
  • Sunday CLOSED