Fish out of Water – Murray Cod is a work that documents a physical, cultural and spiritual journey along the length of the Murray River from Corryong through to Goolwa. The journey begins with petrified red gum sourced from the river, which is between 500-900 years old, and has been worked into pebble forms on which I have painted Murray Cod. I photographed the painted pebble forms at nine locations on the Murray River – this work comments on our sense of place and belonging, the cultural histories the river has supported, and the changing environments from source to Murray Mouth.
Filomena Coppola has exhibited widely over the past ten years and 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 Arts Victoria Development Grant 2013 (for Alpha Sound), Regional Arts Victoria Project Funding in 2012 (for Mother Tongue), 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, Parliament House Collection Canberra, Print Council of Australia, University of Tasmania Launceston and Hobart, Mornington Peninsula Gallery, The Hutchins School, Banyule City Council and the Devonport Art Gallery.