Filomena Coppola

Fish out of Water   2012
River Pebbles and Gouache
whitecubemildura March 2012

 Artist Statement - Fish out of Water
This piece continues Filomena’s exploration into the migration of her parents from Italy to Australian in the 1950’s. Three sardines are drawn on river pebbles and as the title suggests they are out of context. Sardines are native to the Mediterranean waters near Sardinia - these are the waters that her parent’s boats would have navigated as they left Italy on their journey to Australian. This works continues Filomena’s exploration of being caught between the Italian culture of her parents and the Australian culture that she was born into.

Wallflower - Meow, Meow, Lick Me

Artist Statement
Filomena, like the Lady in the Unicorn tapestries is obsessed with the senses. If her drawings could release scent - they would be a perfumers delight - not quiet smells but a cacophony of sound. And if you could lick them the slippery sensation would cover the tongue and tickle its way down your throat. But for now, she is making drawings that want to be stroked. Furry plant forms that confuse the visual and evoke the need to touch.

Filomena is currently represented by Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney and has work hanging in Australian Galleries, Melbourne. She has been included in several drawing exhibitions including JADA Drawing Award, The Robert Jacks Drawing Award, the City of Banyule Drawing Award and The Hutchins Drawing Prize, where she was awarded a Judges Selection in 2001, and she was awarded The City of Hobart Art Prize in 1994. Filomena has been the recipient of several awards and residencies including the Vermont Studio Centre Residency and Part Fellowship, Vermont, USA in 2004, Ian Potter Foundation Individual Grant in 2001, Arts Tasmania Development Grant in 1999 and the Rosamond McCulloch Scholarship to the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris in 1997. Her work is represented in collections including Artbank, Print Council of Australia, University of Tasmania, Launceston and Hobart, Mornington Peninsula Gallery, The Hutchins School, Banyule City Council and the Devonport Art Gallery.

Stella Downer Fine Art
Australian Galleries

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