Miruguru everlasting flower (yellow)
March - April 2019
About the Artist:
Nicole Monks is a trans-disciplinary artist of Yamatji Wajarri, Dutch and English heritage. Monks is informed by her cross-cultural identity and her work takes its focus from storytelling, as a way to connect the past with the present and future. Her designs take a conceptual approach, often embedded with narratives, and aim to promote cross-cultural understanding and communication.
From the Curator:
I discovered Nicole’s work whilst working in public art and was so impressed by her ability to intersect art, design and textiles, as well as her strong work with communities. Her prolific work Gawura Guruwin/Burna Nhurra presented as part of the 2018 Sculpture by the Sea, drew incredible attention not only for culminating with the burning of many parts of the sculpture, but for its unique elements of collaboration and the strong performative and interactive aspects that incorporated the general public. When she had recovered from producing and presenting this incredible work, Nicole came up with Miruguru (everlasting flower, yellow) for the Knox St Window. Depicting an Aboriginal flag in everlasting flowers, it references the everlasting connection to the land held by Indigenous Australians who never ceded sovereignty. This work was inspired by YES an earlier work she presented within the group exhibition ‘Faith’ at Casula Powerhouse. As a previous, long-term resident of Redfern, it was a pleasure to welcome Nicole back to the area to exhibit in the window.