Monique's work encompasses loom weaving, Jacquard weaving, as well as mixed media. The concepts in her work focus on common human experiences and environmental concerns.
Her M(Phil) study at Australian National University was inspired by her community arts work in a hospice. Her 2004 sub-thesis "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. It argued that shrouds are becoming a significant phenomenon embodying personal, medical and political responses to death. Her 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/eternity. Monique's 2006 solo 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.
Ocean Forest, her latest solo exhibition (2015) of handwoven jacquard pieces inspired by 19th century botanical drawings, looks at the beauty of ocean flora, and deals with environmental concerns for the health and deforestation of our oceans. It includes an installation of 12 seaweed banners, five wall pieces depicting sea monsters, which represent plastic waste gyres, and 10 fine Jacquard woven studies interpreting botanical paintings. The accompanying ‘Ocean Sound Vignettes’ composed by Madeleine Cocolas used the sounds of the weaving process.
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Monique van Nieuwland learned to weave in the Netherlands and bought her first loom in the late 70s while she was working on a commission weaving fabrics for curtains and tablecloths.
After migrating to Australia in 1982, Monique studied Visual Arts-Textiles at the Australian National University School of Art. She completed a Master of philosophy-Visual Arts at ANU in 2004.
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, some also for public display, mostly within health facilities. Since then she has been commissioned by several hospitals creating viewing cloths for use in mortuaries to cover the deceased for viewing.
Monique exhibits regularly, nationally and internationally. Her work has been selected three times for the Tamworth Contemporary Textiles (biennial and triennial) exhibition, which is a curated overview of Australian contemporary textiles and travels around the country for two to three years. In 2016 she will represent Australia at the 15th International Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland.
Van Nieuwland has worked on many commissions for private and public places. In 2014 she worked for the movie “Gods of Egypt” (Alex Proyas, release in Feb 2016). She collaborated with costume designer Liz Keogh to produced shawls as well as cloth for cloaks and tunics for characters played by Brenton Thwaites and Geoffrey Rush.
Monique is an Accredited Professional Member of CraftACT, a member of Networks Australia and Canberra Spinners and Weavers.
Van Nieuwland teaches weaving at tertiary level but also enjoys teaching in the general community. She has been running a yearly summer school at the ANU since 2008. Monique uses a computerized Jacquard loom, which is the latest state-of-the-art weave technology. She is passionate about weaving, keeping it current as an innovative form of expression.
|2015:||Ocean Forest (Solo), Sturt Gallery - Mittagong, NSW|
|2014:||Group Exchange, 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial , travelling Austraia,|
|2013:||Terrain: Mapping Strathnairn, Strathnairn Gallery - Canberra|
|2013:||Inhabit - living in design, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra|
|2012:||Networks, Belconnen Arts Centre - Canberra|
|2011:||Nets, VI International Biennial Textile Art - Mexico,|
|2011:||Tree of Life, Royal North Shore Hospital - Sydney|
|2011:||Here by Hand, 70 Years of Sturt Exhibition, Sturt Gallery - Mittagong, NSW|
|2011:||Elements: fibre, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra , ACT|
|2009:||Threads of Influence, Sturt Gallery - Mittagong, NSW|
|2008:||Re-fab, Belconnen Community Gallery - Canberra|
|2006:||simply cloth, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra|
|2004:||a matter of time, 16th Tamworth Fibre Textile Biennial - Tamworth, NSW|
|2004:||Horizons, 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|
|1997:||The Rembrandt Connection, The Malthouse - Melbourne|
|1990:||Tussen Tafel en Bed- vezel objecten, Gallerie de Ploegh - Amersfoort, Netherlands|
|1988:||8th Tamworth National Fibre Exhibition, Tamworth Regional Gallery - Tamworth, NSW|
|2014:||Gods of Egypt - weaving for movie set and costumes Director: Alex Proyas; Costume Design: Liz Keogh|
|2012:||Mortuary Viewing Cloths, Royal North Shore Hospital|
|2012:||Kolding Design School Residency (Jacquard Studio), Denmark|
|2009:||Prayer Room Curtains, Auburn Hospital, Sydney|
|2009:||Mortuary Viewing Cloth, Mortuary Auburn Hospital, Sydney|
|2009:||RMIT Jacquard Studio residency, Melbourne|
|2008:||Sturt Contemporary Craft Centre Residency, Mittagong, NSW|
|2008:||Bauhaus Block Hanging, private commission, Australia|
|2005:||Threadbare - Nowa Nowa Nudes Prize|
|2005:||Tree of Life, private commission, The Netherlands|
|2003:||Centre for Contemporary Textiles, Jacquard Studio residency, Montreal|
|2000:||Letting Go, Mortuary viewing cloth, Nepean Hospital, Sydney|
|1998:||Vaarwel, Viewing cloths, Braeside Hospital, Sydney|
|1995:||Birds, court yard installation, Malacky PTY LTD, North Sydney|
|1995:||ACT Hospice Palliative Care Society, Artist Residency|
|1993:||Seraphic Glass design,CUBIT Int Design, D.E.E.T., Times Square, A.C.T.|
|1993:||Looking Out, Woden Valley Hospital, A.C.T.|
|2011:||J. Ryder, Elements: fibre, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre|
|2011:||Cousins, K-A., A sensitively curated show, Canberra Times, Times2, p8|
|2010:||Sedgmen J., Threads of Influence, Craft Arts International #78, pp110-111|
|2008:||Kelly M., Finding value in the discarded, 14-4-08, Canberra Times, Times2, p10|
|2007:||Strange, C., One Centre-Zip White - Shrouds as conceptual Textile Art, “Pain and Death”, Chapter 3, 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|
|2006:||Eggerking, K., The art of everyday life, Capital Life, Nov-Dec06, p50|
|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|
|1998:||Melinz, L., Is Hanson a work of art?, UNSW College of Fine Art, Artwrite, #14|
|1994:||Community Arts in the Hospital Environment, Textile Fibre Forum, No 40, p53|
|1993:||Marsden, S., HEALTHY ARTS, a guide to the role of the arts in health care 1998, Arts Access, Melbourne, p8|
|1991:||Opperman, M., Expressing Trust, Artifact, Autumn 1991, p16|
|1989:||Tamworth National Fibre Exhibition, Craft Arts, August/October 1989,pp109-110|