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’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:
Our latest Force of Nature art exhibition is available to view entirely online, in response to COVID19 control measures taken by our presenting partner, the City of Onkaparinga. River to Reef is a celebration of the marine flora and fauna of Port Noarlunga in South Australia, where the Onkaparinga River meets a rocky barrier reef. Both teem with life, but many of these plants and animals are rarely observed or reflected in artwork.
Subjects range from the prolific and inquisitive reef fishes that appear in the video piece and several photographs, to the colonial invertebrates that grow on reef walls and jetty piles which are relflected in various artforms.
In their first major double-hander exhibition, Dan’s underwater photographic work sets the scene, while Emma’s imagination creates even more other-worldly visages in the form of abstract illustrations, collage, glass dishes and sculpture.
Dan’s contribution also sees him return to his roots as an illustrator, with two pieces that marry illustration with machine and hand-cut collage. The combined result is the pair’s most extensive collection to date- 55 works in all.
The exhibition launched online on 22 May 2020, and will remain online until June 22. Sales are handled by Onkaparinga Arts through their website, and artworks can be shipped internationally (shipping quotes available on inquiry). Website visitors can also enjoy a musical soundtrack of songs inspired by the underwater world, curated by Dan (working under his DJ alias of DJ Sepia).
Please take your time exploring the works- each can be viewed in detail. Together, the work represents over a year of exploration and artistic response to this unique environment and its non-human inhabitants.