Megan Cope



Al Ma'mal (The Tile Factory)

Megan Cope’s RE FORMATION (2016)* stands as a material expression of her long-abiding cartographies of aboriginal inhabitation of Australia, and South East Queensland in particular. The work presents middens—indigenous land-marks of accumulated shell and bone fragment—made of oyster shells in cast-concrete. They point to the destruction of middens to produce lime for early brick-and-mortar settlement. Here in Jerusalem the original local black-sand of the middens has been substituted for local red-clay earth as a substitution that aims towards a renewed, and as yet unknown reconstruction.

*Commissioned by Frontier Imaginaries, with the support of Arts Queensland

Megan Cope, Re Formation, 2016. Cast Concrete Oysters and locally-sourced clay dirt. 

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