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Monique van Nieuwland

Monique van Nieuwland
Artist's statement

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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Recent work
'Bauhaus' in Situ (private commission)
  • 'Bauhaus' in Situ (private commission), 2008
  • hand dyed and hand woven double weave, silk
  • Dimensions: 180 x 110cm
  • Photo: Courtesy of the artist
Natural Dyes Scarf
  • Natural Dyes Scarf, 2008
  • natural dyes, hand dyed, handwoven, silk
  • Dimensions: 155 x 40cm
  • Photo: Courtesy of the artist
Simply cloth
  • Simply cloth, 2006
  • (works left to right) Diaper, Monthly, Healing, Crisp, Comfort, Small Wagga, hand woven
  • Dimensions: Exhibition overview
  • Photo: Margot Seares
Thio Yianni; Aunty Be; In my Pocket (homage to Annie M G Schmidt and Fiep Westendorp)
  • Thio Yianni; Aunty Be; In my Pocket (homage to Annie M G Schmidt and Fiep Westendorp), 2006
  • Hand weaving, discontinued supplementary warp and weft, transfer print, monofilament, polyester cotton, silk, rayon
  • Dimensions: Exhibition
  • Photo: Margot Seares

Gather Around
  • Gather Around, 2006
  • Monofilament, cotton, Hand weaving, discontinued warp and weft, screen print, devore
  • Dimensions: 118 x 99 cm
  • Photo: Margot Seares
Welcome and Farewell
  • Welcome and Farewell, 2004
  • (works left to right) Mother the Sea (chemical treatment printed and stitched), Story Cloth, Tree of Life-Four Elements, Time and Eternity, hand woven
  • Dimensions: Exhibition overview
  • Photo: Mike Key

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Biography

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.

Selected exhibitions
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
Selected publications
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

 

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