Megan Cope (b. 1982, Brisbane) is a Quandamooka woman and artist from North Stradbroke Island who is currently living and working in Melbourne. Through diverse mediums Megan Cope’s dynamic practice investigates the relationship between place and environment, geography, history, contested sites, identities and power.
Cope’s installation practice includes RE FORMATION a series in which she recreates significant shell midden sites from her country, built up over thousands of years of food gathering and processing practices by Quandamooka people. Across the country, many of these middens were desecrated by early colonists to extract lime, thereby erasing evidence of First Nations occupation and land use. By challenging historical narratives, people’s notions of ownership and connection to the land, the artist highlights alternative historical narratives and in this way Cope’s artwork aims to re-image and remap history and recreate our shared sense of place and identity.
This exhibition accompanies the presentation of Megan Cope's The Black Napoleon.
Image: Megan Cope, RE FORMATION (detail), 2016, cast concrete, treated used beer cans, white sand and black, (ilmenite) sand, 880 hours studio labour with assistants and volunteers, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of QUT Art Museum and the Artist