Born (1995) and raised in Brisbane, Tamika graduated from the Queensland College of Art (Griffith University) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2017, majoring in Interdisciplinary Print Media. Tamika continues to build her body of work with a focus on Torres Strait Islander printmaking techniques and storytelling aesthetics.
Her work shot to prominence in 2018 as one of the finalists for the prestigious 2018 ‘Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards’ (NATSIAA). Grant-Iramu was selected among the 66 works drawn from 308 entries to be unveiled in the NATSIAA exhibition at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT). Her work engages with both Western and non-Western print communities to merge these two influences. Inspired by the immediate environment, her practice focuses on minute areas of nature/flora within urban ecosystems. From these observations and through a strong print aesthetic, she creates a diverse range of organic patterns and forms. The physicality of carving linocut not only allows her to realise these artworks, it has also revealed a distinct connection to her Torres Strait Islander heritage.
Some of Tamika’s recent achievements include:
2018 – Finalist in the 35th Telstra NATSIAA – Works on Paper Award (2018, August)
2018 – Representation with Onespace Gallery (December onwards)
2019 – Blaklash Indigenous Arts Program 2019 – Brisbane City Council
2019 – Haugensund International Festival for Artistic Relief Print at the Haugensund Art Gallery, Norway
2019 – Australia Council Grant Recipient (Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Panel)
2019 – CIAF – Onespace feature artist at CIAF 2019 (July)
2019 – ARTNOW FNQ 2019 – Cairns Regional Art Gallery Exhibition
2019 – CREATIVEMOVE: commissioned artist – Herston Hospital STARS public art project