Filomena Coppola’s work is a response to being born in the regional Victorian town of Mildura to Italian immigrants. Her work explores the complexities of duality and what it is to navigate a journey between two cultures. Her delicate pastels capture these moments of duality – of being a hybrid of Italian/Australian cultures. This is represented in her work through presence/absence, plant/animal, and internal/external. Together these elements subvert their original forms and create a new context which infers to a possibility of nature morphed, changing and mutating.
Filomena 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 Regional Arts Victoria Project Funding in 2012, 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.