Tamika Grant-Iramu’s relief-printmaking practice focuses on minute areas of native flora that often go unnoticed. Through up-close observations of the natural environment, she creates a diverse range of organic patterns and forms.
Graduating from Queensland College of Art (Griffith University) in 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Interdisciplinary Print Media, Tamika’s work shot to prominence in 2018 as one of the finalists for the prestigious 2018 ‘Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards’ (NATSIAA).
Through her creative practice, Tamika is interested in exploring identity and finding ways of connecting with the different threads of her Papua New Guinean, European and Torres Strait Islander heritage.
The carving techniques and storytelling aesthetics of Torres Strait Islander and Papua New Guinean culture combined with the Western influences of Tamika’s upbringing converge in her emergent practice as she explores and grows her own story. Prints from her recent collaboration with esteemed Torres Strait artist Brian Robinson are available as part of this exhibition.