Name of Artist: Sarah Robson
An ecosystem is dependent upon the delicate balance between all its elements, to ensure the prosperity and health of it as a system. My own practice explores the tension that is associated with a ‘state of balance,’ (the unity of opposites) and the network of relationships that are created to form an evolving system. The invisibility of key relationships is one of the difficulties faced when trying to raise environmental awareness and when protecting the environment against future problems. This would be an opportunity to collaborate with people who have an in-depth knowledge of the local environment and the issues they face with preserving that environment; scientists who are familiar with emerging systems and their intrinsic networks, and the underlying patterns and connections that define an ecosystem. In order to preserve the natural and cultural heritage within National Parks and the diversity they foster there needs to be an understanding of how each element contributes to an ecosystem.
About your art practice
Time, the dynamic interaction of light + form, space, the nature of perception and the unity of opposites have been the primary and ongoing concerns throughout my artistic practice. I create artworks to share with the audience, my own fascination with the physical and abstract forces that shape existence, and to elaborate on the underlying patterns of relationships that connect all entities. To understand art as a valuable intellectual resource, a systematised method to investigate ambiguous and unpredictable terrains, and a method to acquire qualitative knowledge, is to more fully understand its unique contribution to creativity, to education, and to a progressive society. To understand the relationship between a creative practice, creativity and its encompassing environment is to understand creativity itself as an evolving learning system nestled in an influential and sustaining creative ecosystem.
I have been a practicing artist for the last 25 years, exhibiting nationally and internationally, with a practice encompassing painting, sculpture and installation. I hold a Diploma of Visual Arts, 1984 from CSA; a Master of Cross-Disciplinary Art & Design, 2013 and a Master of Philosophy, 2015 from UNSW Art & Design. My research focus is the creative processes of artists and designers. Since 1998 I have been awarded several major public and private commissions nationally and internationally; an Australia Council art award in 2003; and I am represented in numerous private and public collections. I have participated in the international collaborative projects: ‘Globalisation - Connections - Time’ in 2008 & 2012 in Hannover, Germany and ‘Simplex – Komplex’, 2008 in Berlin.
Name of Scientist / Researcher: Dr Asheeta Prasad
The Ku-ring-gai pH project to me seems like the integration of the biology that exists within and around us to be presented artistically. I am very intrigued by the world, the people, our body and minds. What fascinates me most is how some essence can unite us. Ku-ring-gai Chase NP has beauty, history, biodiversity and the essence of belonging. I am looking forward to the development of this project and the opportunity to share our experience and work with others.
Field of research / interest
My research encompasses from embryonic development of neurons to the formation of neural circuitry and further their functions in behaviour. I am interested in the neural circuitry underlying complex behaviours such as learning, memory and reward related behaviour. I have a unique and interdisciplinary skillset of molecular biology, optogenetics, chemogenetics and behavioural neuroscience.
I am a molecular neurobiologist, specializing in neural circuitry. I am interested the neural circuitry underlying complex behaviours such as learning, memory and reward related behaviour. I have a unique and interdisciplinary skillset of molecular biology, optogenetics, chemogenetics and behavioural neuroscience.
Name of Artist: Julia Davis
About your art practice
My work explores the effect of time on understandings of the body in relation to landscape and how this underpins our sense of self and place. I am interested in the idea that landscape is cultural space - a space informed by and informing culture.
I am passionate about education and communicating understanding of and the importance of the natural environment. I am passionate about fostering greater appreciation of the environment and I think science has yet untapped potential to convey to people the wonder of the natural world. This remains untapped in part because the emotion and historical value of the natural environment is often overlooked in modern scientific literature. I think that art does a wonderful job of helping evoke those emotional values. I am excited to lend scientific thinking to art and in turn learn the creative value in my work. Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is a somewhat hidden gem and appreciating and exposing a local natural environment is a wonderful opportunity. This collaboration inspires what I believe are very complimentary fields to provide to the public some readily consumable concepts and artworks.
Julia Davis is a Sydney based artist who works with a wide range of materials and processes including object, photography and video. Her installations are often site-specific and have been installed in salt lakes, deserts, parklands, as well as within galleries and the built environment. She has an MVA from SCA 2005, exhibits nationally and internationally and is the recipient of numerous awards. Her work is represented in private collections in Australia and Europe and major commissions include a large public artwork at Sydney Water Headquarters.