Image: “Carving Memories: continued line, continued place”, 2019. Triptych vinyl-cut on Hahnemühle paper. Photo: Carl Warner. Courtesy of Onespace Gallery.

Carving Memories: continued line, continued place, 2019.

The strong, fluid line that travels across the panels in Carving Memories: continued line, continued place represents the continuation of story from one place to another. How we are influenced by our previous encounters can affect how we inform the rest of our path to grow. Throughout the carving process and exploration of organic forms, the piece creates its own language as the play of movement, rhythm and propagation of line work develops its own conversation. By shifting the horizon line within each of the pieces, it also shifts the proscribed perspective from which we’ve learned to view work. Each piece offers new ways into the intricate patterns and details of the tryptic, changing how the audience engages with the work; what is discovered, what is noticed.

Carving Memories: continued line, continued place was created to be presented at the 2019 ARTNOW FNQ exhibition in Cairns, Australia.



Carving Memories: propagation by roots, 2019.

Since I was young I have always been intrigued by the intricate patterns that can be found within minute areas of native flora. Reflecting back on what made me most curious as a child, it was the interconnectivity apparent in the natural world. Carving Memories: propagation by roots focuses on a motif of minute flora that emerged from my childhood curiosity and has frequently reoccurred in my practice. It pays homage to a motif that has influenced and inspired the creative expression of my personal connection to Brisbane’s natural environment. The large scale of this work brings into focus minute aspects of nature that often go unnoticed. When people look at my artwork, I’d like them to get lost in the line and patterns that make up the imagery, stepping back to view the whole but also to engage in a more intimate way when they move in close to explore the detail.

Read full artist statement here: Carving Memories propagation by roots_Tamika Grant-Iramu_2019

Carving Memories: propagation by roots was debuted at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) 2019 where it was prized the Westpac Emerging Artist Award.

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Image: “Carving Memories: propagation by roots”, 2019. Multiple block vinyl-cut on Hahnemühle paper. 200 x 270cm. Photo: Louis Lim. Courtesy of Onespace Gallery.


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Image: “Rosalie (sunset)”, 2019. Vinyl-cut and hand coloured watercolour on Hahnemühle paper. Photo: Louis Lim. Courtesy of Onespace Gallery.



Rosalie (sunset), 2019.

Rosalie (sunset) continues to investigate the displacement of an antique toy bear in a suburban Brisbane landscape, as seen in the first of the series, Rosalie (ochre). Inspired by a series of photographs, the process of taking this bear on a journey evokes the curiosity of childhood, reimagining the familiar and seeking knowledge through exploration. By embracing this process I am able to incorporate the abstract nature of linocut carving to reconnect with the micro worlds of my suburban environment. Linocut carving is not simply used as a tool for visualising this environment but one that elevates my artistic curiosity and maintains a connection with my home.