Force of Nature artists Dan Monceaux and Emma Monceaux have new environmental and political artworks showing in two group art exhibitions during the 2021 Adelaide Fringe. Both exhibitions are now open and free to enter. Works are available for purchase at each of the galleries, and unsold works will be available to purchase from this website thereafter.
At Gallery 1855 in Tea Tree Gully, South Australia, Dan and Emma are among over fifty exhibiting artists who have responded to the exhibition name and theme: Remade. South Australian artists were encouraged to make new works using found, recovered, repurposed and up-cycled material from home, natural or industrial sources.
Emma’s new glass work Coral 1 is a shallow fused glass dish inspired by climate change and coral bleaching events. It was made from transparent glass off-cuts produced in her studio while working on other artworks. The medium itself has already been “remade” from silica (sand) into glass, before being cut, arranged, fused and slumped into its current form in a kiln.
Also showing in Remade is Dan Monceaux’s new hanging sculpture, Money Trap. The work was inspired by his work researching the fish farm aquaculture industry in Australia and its environmental consequences. The work is made from an abandoned crab net recovered while snorkelling under a jetty in Port Adelaide, fishing tackle, chain, and fish cut from a piece of discarded corrugated iron fencing.
Four more of Dan and Emma Monceaux’s artworks are showing in A Light in the Dark in the Auditorium Gallery at the City of West Torrens’ civic centre. Artists were invited to “explore what light they have found in complex social and political times” for the group exhibition. Emma’s interest in responding to the consequences of climate change in abstract illustrative work can be seen in her large-format work, Sea ice. The piece is a digital illustration printed on linen, previously exhibited at the Port Adelaide Artists Forum in 2017.
Emma and Dan each have new cut paper collage works hanging in A Light in the Dark. Emma’s piece, in stark contrast to the black, white and red palette of Sea ice is a jubilant explosion of colour. Made from paper, Neon sunset beams out brilliant neon hues from a carefully balanced, circular geometric composition. Dan’s cut paper piece Enslaved? is a minimal reflection on the abhorrent practice of slavery, which persists in the 21st century. It invites the viewer to ask themselves: am I enslaved? Saved? Or both?
Dan Monceaux’s other contribution to A Light in the Dark is a digital illustration printed and hung in A0 poster format. Entitled Stargazing, the artwork is the first in a forthcoming series of cartoons under the series name: Intelligence Ltd. These cartoons are a response to the expansion of the Surveillance State and its impact on civil society. Combining whimsy, pathos and humour, the series promises to enlighten and promote public discussion of liberty and human rights in the age of rampant and poorly regulated mass and targeted surveillance.
The artists are available for interview or comment on their works. They can be contacted via instagram at: @emma.monceaux and @dan.monceaux .
Gallery addresses and opening hours for the two exhibitions are included in the table below.
|Gallery||West Torrens Auditorium||Gallery 1855|
|Address||1 Brooker Tce, Hilton, SA||2 Haines Rd, Tea Tree Gully, SA|