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Tamika Grant-Iramu, Artspace Mackay Residency 2022

We would like to congratulate Tamika Grant-Iramu on finalising her residency at Artspace Mackay where she completed a large-scale mural Undulations featured in conjunction with the ‘2022 Libris Awards’.

Tamika describes the inspiration behind the immersive artwork:

“Throughout my creative practice I have often been intrigued by the complexities of nature, focusing on the minute areas of flora that tend to go unnoticed. Drawing on the repetitive mark-making techniques of vinyl-cut carving, ‘Undulations’ explores native and introduced plant life from the Southeast Queensland and Mackay regions, heroing the Australian Lemon Myrtle and Mount Blackwood Holly. The small nature of these plants is amplified, brought to the foreground to be celebrated and experienced by the viewer, while remaining connected to the diversity and organic complexity of Queensland’s coastal landscape. The rhythm of these carved lines undulates across the length of the artwork, capturing the expansive nature of our environment that is constantly changing and evolving into something new.”

We would like to thank Artspace Mackay for inviting Tamika to realize such an immersive and inventive mural through Artspace’s residency program. We urge you to visit Tamika’s mural as well as Artspace Mackay’s biennial event the ‘2022 Libris Awards’ exhibiting from 9 April – 19 June 2022.

Artwork: Undulations, 2022. Large-scale commissioned wall mural. Videography: Courtesy of Artspace, Mackay. Video Editing: Tamika Grant-Iramu.

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