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Unbroken Connections by Megan Cope

Updated: May 30, 2021

Last year I cast over 200 waxes for Megan Cope in TV screen glass. The waxes were poured from silicon molds taken from old weathered Dugong Bones. Well, here they are at last on show at the Canberra Glassworks.

(from the Canberra Glassworks website)

Unbroken Connections is the exhibition resulting from Cope’s residency at Canberra Glassworks in 2020 and 2021. During her residency, Cope worked with a variety of techniques to produce a distinct body of work that includes shield forms made from blown glass on which the artist used the ‘battuto’ technique to carve away the layers and 300 dugong bones cast from recycled television screen glass.

Cope is a Quandamooka woman from Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) in South East Queensland. In this exhibition the artist explores the ongoing connection her People have had with the island for thousands of years and the unbroken connections between country, family and nature.

Image: Megan Cope, The tide waits for no-one, 2021, cast glass. Courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery.

You can hear Megan talk about her work on Radio National 15min interview

I may be biased but I do think that The tide waits for no-one is the hero piece of the exhibition. The image below is a close up snap I took of the installation.

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