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Hatched Artist-in-Residence

Hatched Artist-in-Residence

Presented as part of Hatched: National Graduate Show 2024, the Hatched artist-in-residence program offers a month-long residency to one WA-based and one interstate artist in the Hatched exhibition. This opportunity provides time, space and a new context to develop their practice, embark on new projects, and be a part of PICA’s creative community.  

Frances Malcomson will use drawing and frottage methodologies to interpret Western Australian endemic wildflowers alongside non-endemic weed and garden species. Inspired by the concept of novel eco-systems, interwoven species that disorder and re-wild city sites, she will create a novel eco-system on papers.  With media including pencils, charcoals and inks, repetitive mark-making and removal will nuance tonalities from intensely darkened to faded.  Any wear and tear of fragile papers will speak to environmental vulnerability.  

Malcomson will progressively juxtapose and layer papers into one expansive work, attachment speaking to hope for environmental repair. Through further mark-making, boundaries will be traversed, tonalities intensified. Offering a dance between enhancement and diminishment, the created novel eco-system will summarize the contradictory flourishing and vulnerability of adaptive botanical nature. 

About the Artists

Frances Malcomson’s printmaking practice focuses the unattended plants that infiltrate city sites, ongoing engagements in noticing and bringing to notice the overlooked urban nature of her immediate neighbourhoods. She builds bodies of unique state mono prints through printing directly with weeds gathered from such sites. In substituting weed species for culturally valued botanicals, Malcomson engages with the query of contemporary botanical art and aligns interpretations with post-humanist philosophies of environmental aesthetics. In the sensitivity of response, she unsettles idealized botanical art narratives, questioning power and control in our perceptions of what is valued in nature. 


PICA’s Residency Program is supported by PICA’s Art Ambassadors.

Hatched: National Graduate Show 2024 is supported by Major Exhibition Partners Minderoo Foundation and Grace Fine Arts.

Supported by North Metropolitan TAFE