Untitled by Megan Cope
Megan Cope is a Quandamooka (North Stradbroke Island) artist. Her site-specific sculptural installations, video work and paintings investigate issues relating to identity, the environment and mapping practices.
In this work, Megan references the colonisation of Quandamooka Country, where the hunting of dugong and industrial-scale processing became a lucrative marketplace to the detriment of the environment.
European colonisers hunted the dugong to the brink of extinction. The replica dugong bones sit atop a bed of black sand, mined from Quandamooka Country against the wishes of the Quandamooka People in a practice that reflects the lack of recognition for the sea- and land-management systems upheld by these traditional owners.