Read the biographies for the artist who's artworks exhibited during Botanica from 6-15 April 2018.
Contemporary developments in the biomedical and ecological sciences and their impact on our understanding of human corporeality have formed a central focus of Trish's art/science research practice. In particular, stem cell regeneration and cross-species intersections are providing particularly fruitful areas for Trish's collaborative research and artistic outcomes.
Through a cross-disciplinary collaboration with a biomedical scientist at the University of Queensland, Trish personalised the scientific laboratory processes through her first-person engagement. In what was arguably a first for an artist, she took unscreened adult stem cells from her blood for use as experimental source material.
Subsequently, Trish became a visiting artist at the Visual and Sensory Neuroscience Group, at the Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland. Under the leadership of Professor Srinivasan, this research group focuses on the cognitive and navigational abilities of the honey bee.
James and Eleanor Avery
James and Eleanor Avery has been collaborating on large-scale sculpture and installation projects since 2004. James has a first-class Bachelor of Arts honours degree in Fine Art and a Master of Arts from the University of Warwick (1993). Eleanor has a first-class Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts in Fine Art from the Birmingham City University, United Kingdom (2000).
James and Eleanor have had recent exhibitions at Boxcopyand Onespace Gallery in Brisbane, Blindside in Melbourne, and Galerie Pompom in Sydney. They've also had studio residencies at the Cite Internationale des Art in Paris (2011 Power Institute for the Arts), The British School in Rome (2008 Australia Council), Artspace in Sydney (2007) and Spike Island in Bristol, United Kingdom (2005). Artwork in major collections include the Nomas Foundation, Rome and Artbank Australia. Permanent public art commissions for Aria Property Group and Brisbane City Council, Laing O'Rourke in Brisbane, The Darling Hotel in Sydney. Permanent public artworks are currently in fabrication for Ryde Gardens, Sydney (to be installed in 2018).
Natalie Billing is a Brisbane-based sculptor, installation artist and eco dyer. Her art deals with the interwoven subjects of memory and identity. For over two decades Billing has exhibited nationally, concentrating on installations and large format, ephemeral sculptures. This ability to think on a large scale has seen her commissioned to create five historically inspired public artworks around Brisbane. She has created a further four temporary public artworks, two in Brisbane, two in rural Queensland, which introduce community participation through audiovisual elements.
In more recent years Billing has been exploring small-scaled artworks in the form of wearable textile art. The surface of natural fabrics such as wool and silk are embellished with eco dyeing, a form of mono-printing where colours are drawn directly from leaves using heat and pressure. The leaves she uses are windfall, gathered on daily walks in her local surroundings. The process involves fre to no chemicals and creates extremely eco-friendly memories of place.
Priscilla Bracks and Gavin Sade
Gavin Sade and Priscilla Bracks create exquisite gallery pieces, cultural projects and major public art works. They are best known for kinetic, illuminated and robotic interactive new-media sculptures, but also make traditional sculptures, paintings traditional drawings, digital drawings and photography.
Priscilla and Gavin's place-marking, landmark sculptures are strongly connected to the environments in which they are sited. Drawing on visual motifs from nature, their work gently and poetically questions the consequences of human impact and agency, examining contemporary human experience - the forces that shape our dwelling in urbanised environments, our interpersonal relationships and interactions with other, non-human species.
Their work has featured in major exhibitions including Lumia at State Library Queensland in 2011, The International Symposium of Electronic Art (Instanbul 2011, Belfast 2009 and Singapore 2007), and Wonderlands: new contemporary art from Australia at Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei in 2012.
Man and Wah Cheung
Man and Wah are brothers living in Brisbane. Inspired by nature, they produce visual works that highlight the intricate forms and colours of plants through large format photographic prints and digital projections with sound. These works celebrate the beauty and diversity of nature from around the world, encouraging reflection and deeper contemplation of our relationship with nature and the wider cosmos, inviting us to pause and appreciate the role it plays in sustaining a liveable planet.
David Harris is an interactive new media artist working at the interface of art and science, having previously been a research scientist and science journalist. He now works primarily with light and sound installations. David recently returned to his home town of Brisbane after spending 15 years in northern California at Stanford University and the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he completed his Masters of Fine Arts in Digital Arts and New Media. His work has been shown and performed at locations focusing on the art-science-technology nexus, such as California Academy of Sciences, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Mad Scientist Festival Switzerland, and Maker Faire Bay Area. He has run interactive media art workshops and events int he United States, United Kingdom and Canada. He currently works as an artist, lectures in interactive media at the Queensland College of Art, and is a doctoral candidate in visual arts. He also has an appointment as curator of the University of Queensland Physics Museum.
Georgina Humphries is a public artist living and working in Melbourne. Weaving a wide range of handmade techniques into temporary installations, live-art set design, and traditional sculpture, Georgina creates tangible experiences in an array of public environments. Since completing her Masters of Arts (Public Art) at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University in 2011, Georgina's work has been presented in a wide range of public spaces, including large scale music festivals, local government streetscapes and awarded sculpture exhibitions. She has been commissioned for several site-specific installations for music festivals and has also been a shortlisted finalist in a number of awarded exhibitions including Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2016 and 2018, Sculpture at Scenic World Exhibition 2017, and Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition Award 2014.
Leah & Duncan King-Smith
Leah King-Smith is a Bigambul descedent, visual artist and academic in the School of Creative Practice, Queensland University of Technology. Her current teaching work includes embedding Indigenous perspectives in curriculum and creative work fuses a photographic practice with three-dimensional motion graphic technology, sculptural form and projection mapping. Leah's career as a visual artist encompasses gallery exhibitions and installations, community and environmental engagements, public art, dance performance, theatre production, international cultural exchange, graphic illustration and experimental film and video work.
Duncan King-Smith is an environmental sound artist and songwriter. Duncan has worked as a bio-acoustic researcher and has staged large-scale community sound projects and numerous museum and gallery sound installations. He is currently completing his Masters of Philosophy project titled 'The Immense Amplification of the Silent Valley' at Queensland University of Technology.
Lisa Sorbie Martin
Lisa Sorbie Martin is of Torres Strait Island descent from Moa and Murray Islands. She was named after her grandmother, Sorbie, which means 'wild water cherry' - a fruit only grown on the beautiful islands were her families are from. Lisa is an artist and designer who creates visual art, textile design, wearable art, ceramics and public art. She is also a cultural educator and creative innovator, bringing culture and creativity together to produce stories in her community. Lisa's passion and inspiration comes from her family, faith, culture, and the magnificent world we live in.
Kerrie Poliness has been working as an artist since the early 1980s. She is known for her rule-based conceptual artworks installed by groups of participants, allowing individuals' own processes of interpretation and decision-making to inflect the final outcome. The drawings are site responsive and are different in each location. Her work has appeared in over 180 exhibitions in Australia and elsewhere. Over the past twenty years, Poliness has developed a number of site-specific public artworks including Volcano Dreaming, about the critically endangered flora and fauna of the Victorian volcanic plains, and currently an integrated artwork to the new Drying Green Park for Green Square, City of Sydney which is under construction during 2018. Kerrie is currently a board member of the Living Museum of the West and West Space and is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery.
Mona Ryder completed an associate Diploma of Visual Arts in 1980 and a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) in 1991 at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. She currently lives and works in Brisbane. Since 1980, Ryder has had numerous solo exhibitions, including Dance me to the end of Night, Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) in 2016 and Mother other lover, Queensland Art Gallery in 1995. Her work has been selected for major group exhibitions in Australia and overseas including China, Singapore and United Arab Emirates. She has undertaken numerous public art commissions, including Cross over Guardians in 1995 - two 10.5 metre sculptures, located at the entrance to Kangaroo Point Boardwalk, Brisbane. She was awarded an Australia Council Studio Grant for a residency in Rome in 2014.
Pamela See (Xue Mei-Ling) is a PhD candidate at Griffith University. She is presently researching post digital applications for traditional Chinese paper-cutting. In her compositions, Pamela regularly depicts introduced flora and fauna as an allegory for human migration.
Since graduating from the Queensland University of Technology with a Master of Business (Communication Studies), she has contributed to artistic initiatives in Australia, China and the United States of America. This includes The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival in Ithaca (New York), Conflux Festival (New York) and One World, One Home at the Qing Tong Museum in inner Mongolia. Pamela's artwork is also represented in a number of corporate and institutional collections such as the National Gallery of Australia, Parliament House and the Art Gallery of South Australia.
Skunk Control create engaging and immersive experiences that provide audiences with a sense of wonderment and opportunities to make discoveries. Drawing on their backgrounds in engineering and science, technology design and a left of field sensibility, their interactive creations are both visually impactful and otherworldly. The group who work out of Victoria University also development and run outreach and educational programs that focus on the art and science that underpins their creations.
Unqualified Design Studio
Unqualified Design Studio (UDS) is a collaborative practice working in the space between art, architecture, events and engineering, designing interactive experiences to inspire and engage audiences.
UDS transform audiences into active contributors to the creative process, generating roles and provoking actions. To achieve this, UDS devise activities with a low threshold to participation, blurring the distinction between artist/manufacturer and spectator/consumer. Drawing on the concept of 'serious play', their goal is to generate meaningful social interactions in the public realm through spatial interventions, physical installations, performances, spectacles, community workshops and games. These activities are supplemented with research and writing on issues of urban planning, social and cultural sustainability, and alternative modes of economic production.
Craig Walsh was born in Orange, New South Wales in 1966 and currently lives and works in Tweed Heads. He is primarily interested in site-responsive projects and the exploration of alternatives contexts for contemporary art. He utilises projection, photography, installation and sculpture in response to existing environments and landscapes. Throughout his 25-year career, Craig has developed and implemented numerous curatorial projects, gallery exhibitions, public artworks and hybrid collaborations nationally and internationally, often through community engagement processes. Craig's work has been shown in a number of national and international exhibitions, institutions and festivals. He has delivered major permanent public artworks utilising projection and moving images. Craig's recent projects focus on development work in response to regional locations and the people who occupy these places.
Zana Wright trained as an architect, and now designs and makes projects ranging from houses to public art structures to door handles. She is interested in imbuing our built environment with greater 'placeness' through exploring the use of local materials, and facilitating public involvement in building through the labour intensive techniques these materials often require.
She has led architecture students and community volunteer groups on various bamboo construction projects in Australia and Nepal, and worked as a casual academic teaching studios in the architecture schools of the University of Queensland and the University of Technology Sydney.