In 1991 Multicap established the Monte Lupo Social Enterprise to provide a career path for people with disabilities who wished to be gainfully employed in an area encouraging creativity and artistic expression. Today the Monte Lupo studio employs over 16 artists with a disability and three artists to manage and oversee all studio production.
With minimal training, our Monte Lupo artists have developed a very distinct, individual, naïve style. The artists are able to express themselves freely through several medium including sculpture, painting, pottery, and screen printing. Monte Lupo staff find this freedom in the artwork visually inspiring and exciting. In these artists, one can truly see the infinite expanse of human expression.
The Monte Lupo machine operates through individual commitment to a team effort – Creative Collaboration, collaborating to produce the finished product and all that entails from unloading the clay off of the truck to the selling. It’s an opportunity for people with disabilities to contribute to a whole, to be a ‘creative cog’ in a machine that wouldn’t operate without them.
2020 SWELL ARTWORK – Cohesion, Monte Lupo
The fish swim cohesively, as a school, to more successfully forage for food, defend against predators and find a mate. Schools of fish are able to swim together in complicated patterns. The shape of this school is a Fibonacci spiral which reflects patterns of growth found in nature. It is a natural phenomenon and the school reveals the underlying geometry in the evolution of living things such as the ripples in a pond or the five-fold pattern of digits at the ends of each of our limbs.
Come and see for yourself at SWELL Sculpture Festival, Pacific Parade, Currumbin 11-20 September.