Megan Cope

Melbourne VIC
  • jumpinpin  2014
    Acrylic on canvas
    Dimensions: 77 x 77 cm (circular)
    Courtesy of the artist
    Photography: Murray Waite
  • Toponymic Interventions #3  2014 (still)
    Single channel video (8:39 mins)
    Courtesy of the artist
    Photography: Alex Chomicz
  • Toponymic Interventions #3  2014 (still)
    Single channel video (8:39 mins)
    Courtesy of the artist
    Photography: Alex Chomicz

My arts practice investigates issues relating to identity, environment and mapping practices. The video works that I have developed and have titled Toponymic Interventions are a natural extension of my mapping works. I am interested in place names and people’s names and how they relate to space, and I am very interested in the movement of people and the changing environment.

I usually talk about Aboriginal people because I am Aboriginal, and I guess it is normal to investigate that aspect of my history.

In my physical maps I write Aboriginal language groups’, people’s and place names back into the landscape. With these projections I am taking it one step further and projecting it into the physical space. Some of them can be quite haunting.

With my painting works, I talk about the sea level rising with a four–degree rise in temperature. So on a low island, I think even more and more about reclamation of these islands via the sea, imagining it in a completely different way.

Megan Cope
South Stradbroke Island, 19 March 2014

Megan Cope, 2014
Photography: Alex Chomicz

Toponymic Interventions (Manly): Artists’ creative workshop with Megan Cope
This video documents a companion project to Saltwater Country coordinated by Manly Art Gallery & Museum in April 2015. Sydney and Northern Beaches-based artists engaged with Saltwater Country artist, Megan Cope, in a workshop responding to the coastal environment and sea-level rise. Courtesy of Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Megan Cope, Karen Smith, filmmaker Cameron Bloom and musician James Henry.