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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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Call for artists and artworks inspired by or depicting temperate Australian marine life

Totally Immersed - Call for entry 2021

Are you a visual artist? Is your work inspired by the temperate marine environment? Does it reflect the plants or animals that live there? If the answer is “yes” then we want to see it!

Force of Nature is thrilled to to be working with Experiencing Marine Sactuaries on two exciting projects in 2021. Both will help weave celebrations of creative expression into the not-for-profit organisation’s established marine environmental education program.

We’ll be hand-selecting artworks from anywhere in the world to present alongside online professional marine science presentations. The talks will be delivered via Zoom live, then republished on EMS’ Youtube channel. We’ll also be selecting some feature artists, and curating the “real life” return of Totally Immersed in December 2021. Totally Immersed debuted in 2019 as an art, underwater photography and video exhibition, held in the City of Marion, South Australia. We’ll be building on the success of the first edition and bringing it to a new venue, TBC.

These projects present several opportunities for visual artists working in any medium. A selection of works will be integrated into each of the online marine science talks. Some marine science talks may include a “feature artist” which presents an additional speaking opportunity. The December event, Totally Immersed, will be a showcase event for South Australian marine-themed art, where artists’ work will remain on display for several weeks and be available for purchase at the artist’s discretion.

The 2019 exhibition included work in a range of media by Frances Allan, Carl Charter, Helen Crawford, Stephen Johnson, Zinia King, Dan Monceaux, Emma Monceaux, Barbary O’Brien, Daryll Rivett, Allan Sumner and Julia Wakefield. Some of the work exhibited appears below.

The opportunity

If your artwork is selected for inclusion in the marine science talks program, a small fee will be offered as a gratuity for its use, along with on-screen attribution. Some talks may include a “feature artist” while others will include a collection of works from multiple artists. Selected feature artists will also be given an opportunity to talk about their work for roughly 10 minutes, preceding a science talk. Where artworks from multiple artists are shown, artists will instead be invited to provide a short artist statement that can be read by a live presenter in the context of the Zoom talk. Artists are also welcome to decline the usage fee and instead donate their work for inclusion in the talk and publication to video platforms and social networks, if they like. All the available opportunities and options are set out on the entry form below.

The marine science talk program is currently in preparation. Examples of short-listed subjects include sharks and rays, cryptic creatures, marine protected areas etc.

How to enter

Works and collections will be considered as they are received, with selected artists notified by email. Entries received later than August 31 may not be considered for these 2021 events. Force of Nature will also be actively scouting for artists and artworks.

To enter, download the .PDF entry form below, and email it to: dan@danimations.com.au

Links to PDF download
Download 2021 Artist Expression of Interest Form

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New environmental and political artworks by Dan Monceaux and Emma Monceaux on show at Adelaide Fringe 2021

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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.

  • Studio photograph of completed artwork Coral 1
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  • Thumbnail of hanging artwork
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  • Cartoon depicting a father and son stargazing. They notice a drone flying above them and discuss it.

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.

GalleryWest Torrens AuditoriumGallery 1855
Address1 Brooker Tce, Hilton, SA2 Haines Rd, Tea Tree Gully, SA
Sunday1pm-4pmClosed
Monday10am-6pmClosed
Tuesday12noon-6pmClosed
Wednesday8am-6pm12noon-5pm
Thursday12noon-8pm12noon-5pm
Friday10am-6pm12noon-5pm
Saturday10am-4pm12noon-5pm
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Emma Monceaux & Dan Monceaux’s works (centre) in the group art exhibition A Light in the Dark at the West Torrens Auditorium Gallery