Nadege Philippe-Janon is an emerging artist currently based in Hobart, Tasmania. Her works draw from science, nature, culture and personal narrative to question and probe our physical and learned ways of perceiving, with a particular focus on anthropocentric associations with the non-human world. Philippe-Janon’s works regularly investigate the imperceptible forces that exist within everyday experiences; gravity, electromagnetic energies, the strange seduction of a certain worn object, to emphasise the interconnected and multi-faceted qualities of our relationships with our surrounding environments, decentering humans from the worlds they construct and inhabit. Imbued with an awareness of the art-making and exhibiting process, her works are frequently site specific and makeshift, retaining a fragility and transparency that leads the viewer into recognising their coexistence in the space, and invoking a sense of instability and transience within human ecologies. Philippe-Janon’s interests have led her across a diverse range of mediums and modes of art making; past projects have employed weather data to create responsive multi-media installations, manipulated the sun’s radiant heat to melt metals, explored the quirks of the visible spectrum, and attempted non-human perspectives through phone sexting.
After commencing her studies in Environmental Science, Nadege Philippe-Janon went on to study Fine Art at the Queensland College of Art and received First Class Honours at the Tasmanian College of the Arts. Since then she has been awarded numerous grants and residencies including a Marie Edwards Traveling Scholarship to support self-directed research at the Citè international des arts, Paris, and an Asialink grant to create new work and conduct research in Hokkaido, Japan. In 2018 Nadege was awarded a Claudio Alcorso travelling scholarship to participate in an intensive residency exploring sustainability with SOMA in Mexico City. Recent exhibitions include: Mock Sun Contemporary Art Tasmania (2017), Real Life Fantasies, West Space VIC (2017), New Alchemists; touring – Salamanca Arts Centre, TAS; University of Queensland Art Museum, QLD; Devonport Regional Gallery, TAS; Flinders University City Gallery, SA (2017/18), and Sound Traces, Tenjinyama Gallery, Japan (2016). Nadege was the 2017 recipient of the Shotgun program, a partnership project between Contemporary Art Tasmania, Detached Cultural Organisation, and the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).
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