Lisa Waup, Family. Craft Projects 2020. Image: Rochelle Eagle.
Craft Projects

Speaking to Country and connection with Lisa Waup

Family, 2020.

Commissioned in 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic for the new offices of DLA Piper, this powerful work by Gunditjmara and Torres Strait Islander artist Lisa Waup considers the connections we share with one another, through a layering of line and topography.

Family is symbolically expressed in the circle motif for me – circles mean family. Also symbolises the ripples in the ocean – continuous – like family and the connections I have with my family, and chosen family – never ending. The interwoven connections, and different paths that bring us home.

— Lisa Waup Lisa is an Artist and Curator of Gunditjmara (VIC), Torres Strait Islander (TSI) and Italian heritage.

Waup’s practice is studio-based and involves the creation of objects with a strong connection of symbology and materiality which connects her to family, Country, history and story. She works across weaving, printmaking, photography, sculpture, textiles and installation. Her work eloquently illustrates her life’s journey through discovery and connection. Waup’s practice highlights the importance of tracing lost history, ancestral relationships, Country, motherhood and time which ultimately are woven stories of her past, present and future into contemporary forms. A finalist in 2018, 2017 and 2016 Telstra NATSIAA’s, Lisa has exhibited at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Craft, the National Gallery of Victoria, Fremantle Art Centre, Art Gallery of South Australia and RedDot Gallery in Singapore. Her work has been acquired by a number of public institutions and is held in private collections worldwide. She hold a Bachelor of Fine Art in Printmaking/Photography from RMIT, and a Master of Contemporary Art at Victorian College of the Arts.

Curator Sarah Weston

Created in collaboration with DLA Piper and Hassell.