The Colour Red

‘The Colour Red’ is a conceptual arts project lead by Māori-Australian multi-disciplinary artist Moana Mayatrix in collaboration with renowned artist and designer Lucas Bowers. The multi-disciplinary project engages original music, story-telling, visual art and animation under the trope of comic-book art.
The project is comprised of a 10 minute long rock-ballad story-song, written and recorded by Mayatrix and her band, that involves all the senses through story-telling, narrative and captivating blues-rock instrumentation. The narrative is then showcased with a unique accompanying visual of a dark-fairytale, comic book style animated film and a series of artworks.
The work is a magical and dark exploration of the repressed wild feminine and the archetypes of a woman’s journey from naive princess, to wounded woman, to warrior; making a bold statement on the undying Spirit and the strength of our inner Wild Woman

  • Moana Mayatrix
  • Lucas Bowers
  • Moana Mayatrix
  • Moana Mayatrix
  • Lucas Bowers
  • Moana Mayatrix
  • Lucas Bowers
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    10 minutes 56 seconds
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    July 9, 2022
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    1,500 AUD
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  • The Colour Red Exhibition
    February 15, 2023
Director Biography - Moana Mayatrix, Lucas Bowers

Moana Mayatrix
Moana Mayatrix is a Māori-Australian multi-disciplinary artist who has used her array of talents to channel her creative work as performer, musician and writer.
A constantly evolving and engaging artist, her work is an exploration into the divine feminine, nature and mysticism. Her vision draws inspiration from her bohemian lifestyle, the occult and the warrior spirit of her indigenous Maori roots in Aotearoa.
She graduated with Honours in a Bachelor of Contemporary Performance & Literature at ECU/WAAPA in 2011. Since then she has performed with Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, an indigenous empowered company, on ‘Iceland: a hip h’Opera” (2019) as performer, lyricist, deviser and composer to great acclaim. She has also performed and devised on contemporary theatre shows ‘Worship’ (2021 + 2022 - The Rechabite); ‘Medusa’ (2018 - Blueroom Theatre); ‘BirdBoy’ (2014 - PICA)’, ‘The Book of Death’ (2012 - Blueroom Theatre) and ‘Adam & Eve’ (2011 - Blueroom Theatre) as well as original solo performance-art work ‘Red Back’ (2015) and ‘Cloud Baby’ (2014) at Perth Fringe Festival. In 2012 Moana undertook an artist’s residency at Robert Wilson’s renowned Watermill Centre in New York for the development of theatre production ‘BirdBoy’.
Front-woman of her own art-rock band MOANA, she is known for her avant-garde style, vocal prowess, experimental musicianship and captivating live performance. She has released 3 EPs and 1 album of original music with international attention. She also has a passion for working with children having facilitated musical playtime sessions ‘Baba- Lala’ with toddlers and their parents the past 10 years from her base in Fremantle, as well as facilitating youth-music workshops in remote and regional communities as part of her work with Downsyde and Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company.
Moana’s next project ‘The Colour Red’, the follow-up to her third EP ‘Feet In The Ground, Eyes To The Sky’ sees her music push into exciting new territory, engaging with the more avant-garde and experimental expressions of her vision resulting in a collaborative arts project with renowned artist and designer Lucas Bowers.
The 10 minute long rock-ballad story-song, under construction since 2017, engages with music, narrative, animation and visual art in a magical and dark fairy-tale / comic - book exploration of the repressed wild feminine and the archetypes of a woman’s journey from naive princess, to wounded woman, to warrior; making a bold statement on the undying Spirit and the strength of our inner Wild Woman.

Lucas Bowers
Lucas Bowers is a artist and designer who works across a wide variety of media and art forms including, illustration, painting, sculpture, textiles and animation, film and multimedia.
For the past five years he has been designing Australian and foreign coins for the The Perth Mint and prior to that was best known as one half of award winning Australian fashion/art project ericaamerica, which became internationally recognised for it’s unique blend of clothing, textile and installation artworks in a broad range of mediums.
Lucas has exhibited print and installation work in numerous exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas, including shows at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, The Western Australian Museum, The Powerhouse Museum, The Linden Centre For Contemporary Arts Victoria, The Australian Centre for the Moving Image and The John Curtin Gallery amongst others, and has featured in numerous print publications both nationally and internationally.
Exhibiting both individually and as the ericaamerica duo, in addition to gaining international recognition as a regular at Australian Fashion Week, successful catwalk appearances at L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Week and at New York Fashion Week, Lucas has created large scale installations such as The Cave Of Wonders for the Western Australian Museum and wrote and directed the short film Viva Les Incroyables for The Australian Centre For The Moving Image in Victoria as part of Australian Fashion Week.
Lucas has also been exhibited in numerous contemporary group shows including: Linden1968, Linden Centre For Contemporary Art, St Kilda; Looking Out, John Curtin Gallery, WA; DICHTER OP DE HUID (Skin Deep), Holland; Mine Own Executioner, Mundaring Arts Centre; Art in Bloom, Art Gallery Of Western Australia; Square, John Curtin Gallery and the nationally touring Graphicalogistics.
He has also been involved in several collaborative initiatives, most notably with renowned Western Australian Bio Art group Symbiotica, with whom ericaamerica teamed to create the Bio Kino project and work for the Fort Aspen Gallery in Holland. In 2007 ericaamerica teamed with legendary French performance artist Orlan to create costumes and props for her Harlequin Suit project as part of the Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth. As part of the ericaamerica project he also worked extensively on costuming for tour and video clip production with bands as wide ranging as Jane’s Addiction, Empire of the Sun and Alexander Boyd.
A former Western Australian Citizen of the Year for services to youth arts, Lucas has also been the recipient of several high profile awards including both a Bronze and Silver Medal at the International Design Awards in Los Angeles, The City Of Perth 100 Local Champions Award, as well as being listed in the Who’s Who of Western Australia and been a finalist on a number of occasions in the international Coin Of The Year Awards held annually in Berlin.
In addition to his exhibited and published works his original paintings and prints have become highly collectible and reside in the archives of museums and private collectors internationally.

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