CV+Bio

Kuweni Dias Mendis   CV 2021

Artist: mixed media, landscape, installation

Born 6 November 1979

 

Masterclasses:

Being (t)here Master Eco-dying immersion, India Flint, Scott’s Head, NSW, July 2016

Being (t)here Master Eco-dying immersion, India Flint, Tambourine Mountain, Qld, April 2017  

Into Abstraction Masterclass, Catherine Cassidy, Cronulla, NSW, Dec 2018  

July 2019 Memory keepers – Master class with Lorna Crane at Muresk, WA

Ephemeral Art Intensive Masterclass, Shona Wilson, Byron Bay School of Art, Mullumbimby, Aug 2019  

 

Group Exhibitions:

2019 Artist in Studio Makers, Centre Beaudesert, curator Irene Girsch-Danby

2019 State of Diversity touring exhibition, curator by Jonathan McBurnie

2020 Petite Pieces 2020, Aspire Gallery, Paddington, QLD

2020 A4 Art Exhibition, Herring Island Gallery, Richmond, VIC

2020 Paper Bag Show, Cross Gallery, Bundaberg, QLD 

2020 Botanical Colouring, Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden, Maroochydore, QLD

 

Awards:

2019 Queensland Regional Arts Award Finalist, Flying Arts 2019/20 touring exhibition

2020 Finalist, Petite Pieces 2020 Prize, Aspire Gallery, Paddington, Qld 

 

Residencies:

2020 QRAA Artist in Residence Pop Galleries Fortitude Valley, Qld

 

Grants:

2020 RADF Express Lane Grant – June 2020 – Social Media Strategy

2020 RAF Renewal – October 2020 – Running Rivers Seed Funding

2021 RADF Express Lane Grant – March 2021 – BIWOC Take the Mic.

 

Collections:

Private collections within Australia and Sri Lanka.

 

Education:

Diploma in Banking and Financial Services RMIT, Melbourne 1999

Associate CPLI Australian Life Underwriting and Claims Association, 2020

 

Biography

Kuweni Dias Mendis is a contemporary landscape artist. Born and raised in Sri Lanka, she has childhood memories of the rural landscape of Bibile, walking barefoot in paddy fields, swimming in the river, and foraging for food cooked in clay pots on a wood-fired hearth. Traditional pilgrimages, rituals and participating in ceremonies for the deities of the forest were also intrinsic to her village life. 

Dias Mendis came to Australia aged 19 to study and found her way to Queensland’s mountainous Beechmont where she lives with her family, close to the Binna Burra rainforests. In this place she has found meaningful relationships within its community and is immersed in the natural environment. 

Her artistic process is unusual, driven by her desire to mark paper and fabric using ink, watercolour, pastels, bush dyes, leaves and stitching. She makes her own brushes from sticks and feathers, fronds and other plant materials and paints from leaves and ochres sourced from the bushland environment. Her work is characterised by distinctive and raw mark-making that speaks to the power she draws from the earth. She is a finalist in the Queensland Regional Arts Awards which will tour Queensland 2020-2021.