Nadège Philippe-Janon’s work interweaves nature, culture, science and personal narrative while frequently commenting on anthropocentric relationships with the more-than-human world. A diverse range of objects and ephemera are manipulated, tested and layered. Materials such as salt, clay, water, glass, found objects, animation, video, light and sound come together in a way that emphasises the interconnected and multi-faceted qualities of our relationships with our environments, decentering humans from the worlds they construct and inhabit.
Often site specific and makeshift, Nadège’s works tend to retain a fragility and transparency that leads the viewer into acknowledging their coexistence in a space, invoking a sense of instability and transience within human ecologies. With an impulse to explore a wide variety of materials and research processes, past projects have involved harnessing the sun’s heat to melt metals, using weather data to create responsive multi-media installations, attempting more-than-human perspectives via sexting, and casting off on the Tasman sea in a handmade boat.
Nadège is an early career artist based in Southern lutruwita/Tasmania. Her work has been exhibited widely nationally and internationally and she has been awarded numerous grants including residencies in Australia, Japan, Paris, Mexico City and Jeju Island, Korea. She has delivered major public art projects including Forest Specular – a permanent work situated along the Franklin-Gordon river to commemorate the Franklin Dam protests. As part of her role on the board of Constance ARI, Nadège voluntarily manages and coordinates various projects across Tasmania.
Recent exhibitions include: Futures, Dark Mofo Festival, Good Grief (TAS) Peak Whale Oil, Cool Change Contemporary (WA),
Liberty: from here to here, Hobart Current art prize, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TAS), Jeju Open, iAa Artspace (KR), Surface Tensions FELTspace, (SA), Systematic; touring – Academy Gallery, (TAS); Artspace Mackay, (QLD); and Devonport Regional Gallery (TAS), Ravenswood Women’s Art Prize, Centenary Centre, Gordon (NSW), Bienal de Pisapapeles III, Llorar gallery (CDMX), Mock Sun, Contemporary Art Tasmania (TAS), Real Life Fantasies, West Space (VIC), New Alchemists; touring – UQ Art Museum, (QLD); and Flinders University City Gallery, (SA), and Sound Traces, Tenjinyama Gallery, (JPN).
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