Luna Mrozik Gawler is a multidisciplinary artist and writer who lives and works upon, and in collaboration with, the unceded lands of the Kulin Nation. Her work is made in a time of ecological collapse and this informs both content and delivery, with as many materials as possible being recycled, repurposed and/or made locally, ethically and sustainably.
Queering expectations of human supremacy and separatism, Luna's work examines the ideological foundations, and ramifications of Anthropocentric paradigms through installation, performance, media, and text. This work is often generated through direct collaboration with locations and multispecies participation. It is commonly durational, immersive and/or interactive, leading participants into sensuous, speculative encounters.
Luna's research-led practice considers alternative knowledge productions and embodied processes to expand upon post-human and new materialist frameworks. With an interest in exposing and disrupting notions of power and identity, her work asks - How are we to live within the ruins of a damaged planet? How do we approach the (de)composition of a multispecies world?
Engaging learning acquired during three years of training with Medicine men and traditional custodians in Western Australia, Luna's work is composed through an inclusive ecological methodology, interrogating colonial and capitalist assumptions and practicing alternative knowledge by working collaboratively with place and multispecies communities.
This work has featured at festivals throughout Australia including Mapping Melbourne, Queensland Poetry Festival, Critical Animals, Crack Theatre Festival, HillsceneLive, and Fremantle Festival.
In 2018, Luna was awarded the Miengunyah Award from the Ian Potter Foundation for her video work PALIMPSEST and co-founded L&NDLESS, a live art collective based in Naarm. She was Artistic Director for Underground Cinema 2009-2012, Intern Puppeteer for Spare Parts Puppet theatre in 2013, and founder of the Yarna Performance troupe in 2015.
Her academic writing centers on her ecological inquiry while other published text spans critical theory, speculative fiction, ficto-criticsm and poetry. Among other places, her work can be viewed in Going Down Swinging, OFFSET, ROAR, TEXT, Bombay Gin and The International Journal of Practice-based humanities.
Luna has recently completed her Masters Thesis at the University of Melbourne, examining the potential role of text, and transdisciplinary art practice in troubling anthropocentric assumptions.
Photo by Devika Bilimoria