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The wave machine, by Marilou Chagnaud
The wave machine, by Marilou Chagnaud

Chagnaud’s installation making waves ahead of DESIGN Canberra 2018

The DESIGN Canberra Festival is returning in 2018 to be host to over 100 events, talks, exhibitions, tours, activations, markets, collaborations, artist studios and open homes to showcase the thriving and globally connected design community that Australia’s capital city is home to.

French born Marilou Chagnaud makes objects, prints and installations. Through the deployment of minimalist pattern, her work explores a transition from two to three-dimensional space, as well as the notions of perception, repetition and movement. Chagnaud is interested in the language of material and the representation of the invisible.

The festival’s first exhibition of the 2018 program, Marilou Chagnaud’s installation The wave machine, is on display from this week at the Canberra Museum and Gallery’s Hindmarsh Project Space.

The wave machine makes dynamic use of black and white lines to reflect the constant movement experienced in the natural environment. A rhythmic and energetic pattern stretches from mid-ceiling to the floor and invites us to reassess our sensation of perspective, geometry and place. She reflects on her work in CMAG,

“When I was offered the opportunity to exhibit in the CMAG Gallery, I took it as an opportunity to experiment with new ideas and techniques. That’s how the wall drawing concept came in.”

While working with textiles, Chagnaud discovered the potential of Japanese paper and opportunities for its application in architecture and the fabrication of objects. Her practice is now centred on working with this material and the descriptive possibilities it opens.

“As a former textile designer, patterns and printing has become an essential part of my practice. I usually create composition to be printed on paper, and wanted to explore new ways of working with patterns and see how they can interact with objects and large-scale surfaces.”

Be one of the first to engage with the DESIGN Canberra 2018 program and reflect on geometry’s presence throughout our national city of design with Chagnaud’s latest installation.

The wave machine is occupying the Hindmarsh Project Space in Civic Square at the Canberra Museum and Gallery from 11 August – 2 December 2018.