Monique's work encompasses loom weaving, Jacquard weaving, printing with pigments and dyes, as well as mixed media. The concepts in her work focus on common human experiences. Inspired by her community arts work in a hospice for the dying, Monique started her Master of Philosophy studies at the Australian National University School of Art in 2000.
"The shroud as a contemporary textile art form in the Western world" was the result of research into the resurgence of the shroud both as a practical object and a form of conceptual textile art. The sub-thesis argued that shrouds are becoming a significant phenomenon embodying personal, medical and political responses to death. It concluded that contemporary shrouds are linked to changing attitudes to death and dying.
The accompanying exhibition Welcome and Farewell explored concepts of life and death, from a personal and contemporary viewpoint, in the form of ritual textiles to cover and wrap the body at birth and death. Techniques and imagery were selected to convey ideas of fertility, sacrifice, light, natural forces, dust, space, time and eternity.
Monique's latest exhibition of hand woven work simply cloth, looked at simple and ordinary textiles. The installation showed the beauty of everyday textiles (such as handkerchiefs, dishcloths, nappies, washers, tea towels, blankets) evoking personal stories and memories. The work also addressed environmental concerns, highlighting wasteful practises in Western societies, where ordinary and utilitarian woven cloth is disappearing, substituted by synthetic and disposable alternatives.
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Monique van Nieuwland has been a weaver for the past 30 years, and a professional textile artist since 1988. She learned loom weaving in the Netherlands and worked on a commission to produce lengths of fabrics for curtains and table cloths. After migrating to Australia she started her tertiary textiles studies at the Australian National University School of Art in 1983.
In 1987 Van Nieuwland initiated a Canberra based textiles art and support group "XTEX" which was active and exhibited for 10 years. In the 1980s and 90s her practice also included community art. This involved working with individuals and groups in the Canberra community creating art work for public display, in her case mostly within health facilities.
Monique has executed several art commissions for the Braeside and Nepean Hospitals in Sydney, as well as interior decorative commissions for Malacky Pty Ltd in Sydney and CUBIT Interior Design in Canberra. Her work has been collected by the Arrarat Gallery, VIC, Montague Collection, Fort Washington and the Ergas Collection, Canberra.
Monique completed a Masters of Philosophy study at the Australian National University School of Art in 2004. In her own practice she exhibits her work regularly, and has made numerous presentations at seminars and conferences. Currently she is the Technical Officer in the Textiles Workshop at the Australian National University School of Art and teaches evening weave classes.
|2011:||Elements: fibre, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra , ACT|
|2006:||simply cloth, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra|
|2005:||Threadbare, Nowa Nowa Nudes - Nowa Nowa, VIC|
|2005:||Phoenix Prize Exhibition, Australian National University School of Art Gallery - Canberra|
|2005:||de sign ed, Australian National University School of Art Gallery - Canberra|
|2004:||a matter of time, 16th Tamworth Fibre Textile Biennial - Tamworth, NSW|
|2004:||Horizons, Australian National University School of Art Gallery - Canberra|
|2004:||Invisible support, Australian National University School of Art Gallery - Canberra|
|2003:||Death, the last taboo, Australia Museum - Sydney|
|2003:||Intersections, art, health, science and medical technology, Sydney College of the Arts Gallery - Sydney|
|2001:||More Swanky Hankies, Touring exhibition - Australia, France and USA|
|2011:||J. Ryder, Elements: fibre, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre|
|2007:||Carolyn Strange, Pain and Death, ANU Humanities Research Volume XIV #2|
|2006:||Nonja Peters, The Dutch Down Under 1606-2006, "Dutch artists in Australia" (Nien Schwarz), 409-410, Wolters Kluwer|
|2006:||Kerry-Anne Cousins, Nice Threads of Time, Canberra Times|
|2005:||Penny Webb, Everything old becomes new again, The Age|
|2005:||John Neylon, Tamworth shows time's worth, Adelaide Review|
|2003:||Janet Hawley, From Here to Eternity, The Sydney Morning Herald|