Sophie G Nixon is a early career artist, emerging curator and recent Honours (Fine Art) graduate living and working on Boorloo Boodja (Perth, Western Australia). Sophie works primarily with textiles and occasionally plants to create gentle sculptures and installations. Currently, she is interested in worn and damaged textiles, searching for unconventional modes of mending and repair.
Over the past 57 years, Tami has been known as or called; Tamela, Mum, Mother, Sister, Cousin, Girlfriend, Friend, My Yankee Neighbour, Mate, Artist, Creative, Community Involver/Minded, Volunteer, Pet Owner, Greenie, Bottle Washer, Chief Dish Bitch, Slut, Cunt, Blue-Eyed Devil, Student, Teacher, Tutuor, Arts Worker, Art Student, Social Trainer, Disability support Worker, Carer, CWA Member, Garden Member, Artonmist Member, ECU Arts Graduate, and now, Resident Artist at MJAC.
During this residecy, she will analyse and respond creatively to ideas of identity through the use of portraiture, ceramics and the re-use of materials. She will be exploring a linear family narrative stretching from the 1760’s through to the present day, drawing on influences from the bust works of Giacometti.
Through textile workshops and the collection of oral, written and visual histories Stitch and Stories forms an Aboriginal community arts project, which celebrates the importance of Aboriginal women in maintaining the fabric of culture, family and community and their role in support of developing leadership strengths in Aboriginal girls.
In collaboration with her father, Amy Perejuan-Capone is building a 1:1 scale facsimile of his ultralight aircraft whilst relearning how to fly. The grand gesture is an examination of complicated personal histories, the aircraft symbolising critical points of disruption and connection in our lives as well as an overarching drive for adventure that forms an essential basis for hope.
In the first of two residencies between 2019 and 2020, artists Melanie Dare and Claire Bushby work collaboratively to explore the commonalities between their working processes, focusing on cultural connections to place, and relationships between self-identity and community.
During their time in Studio 1, they will host fortnightly sewing circles with local artists and craftspeople, networking with Midland community.
It’s 2019 and the rules have changed. Shakespeare’s female characters have voices and it’s time to hear their stories. Unbound is a theatrical exploration of the mystery, mythology and misogyny in the works of William Shakespeare. An interdisciplinary team of artists collaborate to create an innovative public performance at MJAC that celebrates the legacy and influence of Shakespeare while remembering who it was written for. The people. Unbound is culminating in creative development showings, from the 2nd to the 10th of August 2019.
Adrienne Kenafake is a visual artist from the Gold Coast, Queensland. Her arts practice pushes the boundaries of sculpture, collage, textiles and drawing to showcase the Australian landscape. Exploring borders, boundaries and nominal notions associated with these themes, Adrienne drives her interpretation of environments beyond her home at Southport on the Gold Coast.
Den L Scheer and Eric C are emerging artists based in Perth, both holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Curtin University. In residence, Den and Eric will explore historical textile techniques that have been interrogated and repositioned within a contemporary context to discuss ways of retaining these skills through production. Their collaborative project will also represent their unique familial narratives. The final outcome will include large scale soft sculptural works that combine their different skills in the form of a quilted set of reclaimed wool bags or hides.
Rohin Kickett is a Noongar artist from the Ballardong region. Rohin’s artworks are inspired by his family stories of strength and survival, along with his own personal experiences growing up in Perth. Born within 50km of where his family first made contact with settlers, his connection to the Ballardong region runs deep within his family.