Monique Jansen is an Auckland based artist and Senior Lecturer in Print and Drawing at AUT University in Auckland. She has exhibited at many public art galleries and museums in Aotearoa/New Zealand including Te Papa Tongarewa/Museum of New Zealand, Auckland Art Gallery, Suter Gallery, Te Tuhi Gallery and Te Uru Gallery. Internationally her work has been exhibited in artist run spaces in Sydney and Antwerp. She exhibited as part of the Impact 9 International Print Conference at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou and at the Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. Her work is held in many public and private collections, including Te Papa Tongarewa, Chartwell Collection, Fletcher Collection and the Jenny Gibbs Collection. She was the winner of the inaugural Aotearoa/New Zealand National Parkin Drawing Prize in 2013.
Can there be an ecology of drawing? Can ecological thinking be applied to a drawing practice? What socio-political concerns arrive out of a drawing practice, in relationship to sustainability in Aotearoa/New Zealand? How could this drawing practice interrogate and emulate natural systems? More specifically this research draws on the trans-disciplinary theories of ecological thinking and the examination of convergences and connectivity within natural systems. This has led to drawings that investigate geometry while also mimicking natural systems, such as emergent structures in biological systems (swarms and colonies) and animal aggregations (flocks and murmurations). Fundamental to this art practice is a commitment to using drawing and the convention of the drawn line to examine the inherent connectedness, the meshwork, of human and non-human networks and ecosystems.
SOLAR REVOLUTIONS, 3rd Oceanic Performance Biennial, Te Uru Gallery, Auckland, Aotearoa/NZ 2017