Visual Art Commission Awarded to Christopher Pease
The City of Joondalup has awarded a major art commission to leading Minang/Wardandi/Bibbulmun artist, Christopher Pease, to create a new artwork for the City’s art collection in 2021/22.
Pease’s painting practice examines library records, archive documents and colonial imagery, as the foundation for work which compares and contrasts historical documentation with contemporary Nyoongar narratives. His paintings often comprise references to western culture superimposed over scenes of traditional Indigenous ways of living and interacting with nature.
Pease has received national and international recognition for his work which is held in major national art collections. For the Joondalup commission, Pease proposes to develop a work based on research of historical documents, maps and imagery of the Joondalup area, looking at the importance of country to Aboriginal inhabitants to facilitate a meaningful dialogue with viewers about the rich and contested history of the region. The completed artwork will be a significant addition to the Art Collection, placed on display within City of Joondalup public buildings.