Bimblebox: art - science - nature
Alison Clouston and Boyd
The visual artist Alison and the musician, sound artist and composer Boyd collaborate on installation projects that explore the interconnections of people and the rest of nature. Their work brings a curiosity for science into relationship with material and sound in a poetic synthesis – using original soundtrack recorded or performed live, materials both natural and technological, sometimes including photography and drawing. Their often visitor-interactive and solar-powered installations are made with a concern for their climate impact and include a carbon audit and offset as an integral part of the work.
Howard Butler is a descendant of the Georang Georang people from Bundaberg and Ijman-Gangulu people of Central West Queensland. He has strong cultural knowledge passed on by his grandparents and parents.
Howard began making art at a young age and his art now gives him the opportunity to express, exchange and tell of his people’s culture reclaimed and maintaining through the Arts.
Kaylene Butler is a proud Gungarrie Iman Woman and South Sea Islander who has worked in the film industry for many years. Kaylene's roles have included Production Manager, Consultant, Script writing, Presenter, Producer and Trainer.
Kaylene's recent work includes Toonooba Voices which tells stories of the Fitzroy River recounted by local elders and community.
Alison Clouston and Boyd
Dr Pamela CroftWarcon
Keppel Sands, Qld
Dr Pamela CroftWarcon is a Kooma clan descendent, of the Yuwaalaraay language people from South West Queensland. She lives and works from her studio workshop near Keppel Sands on the Capricorn Coast in Central Queensland - the mainland Country of the Darumbal Peoples and the waters of the Woppaburra clan.
Artist and academic, Pamela's artwork references her training in both Aboriginal and Western traditional artforms.
Donna Davis' arts practice explores the nexus between art and science, with a particular interest in the field of botany and ecology. Her interest in the 19th century fascination with capturing, collecting and displaying the natural world is also reflected in her work. Donna is intrigued with the idea of connection, and how our connections in both natural and social realms inform our everyday discourse.
Emma Lindsay is a Brisbane-based artist and occasional freelance curator.
Her current studio project "Bearing Witness" considers the representation of endangered and extinct Australian birds and their habitats.
Dr Pamela CroftWarcon
Fiona MacDonald is known for her installations of bodies of work that draw on local cultural traditions, social and natural history. Neglected archives and personal collections, redolent of private meaning, decorative arts and crafts such as weaving, collage, wallpaper and graphic arts are often source for her work. Her installations take the form of "conversations" about undercurrents in social processes of inclusion and exclusion.
Samara McIlroy locates her art practice in the zone currently categorised as socially engaged or live art. Her work has a strong research via Google component. Samara uses resonance, which she locates nearer the heart than the head, as the crucial component of effective storytelling.
Liz Mahood grew up in rural Central Queensland and feels a deep obligation to maintain the integrity of the landscape. Liz sees her artwork as having a role to play in reconnecting people to the land while reminding us of its fragility.
Glenda Orr's artwork engages with topical environmental issues based on her own history as scientist, natural resource policy analyst and activist. Predominantly a printmaker, Glenda also works in installation and most recently digital media.
Michael Pospischil uses charcoal and oil paint to explore landscape and portraiture. His work is grounded in the immediacy and speed of plain air drawing and the chromatic interplay of multiple layers of transparent oil paint. He aims to transmit the emotion of his meditation on the subject as directly as possible to the viewer.
Jude Roberts' studio practice encompasses large-scale drawings, lithographs and mixed media works on paper. Drawing and documenting on water sites through inland Australia has allowed her to investigate issues such as groundwater in the Great Artesian Basin. Her artwork observes the shifts, changes and human relationships to land, in particular the will to control these environments.
To voice my concerns I've used performance art in particular, as well as photography, installation, painting. Am I deluded in thinking Art can make a difference; a social and religious difference? "Life isn't about finding yourself. It's about creating yourself." Art brings clearer focus to my determination to be "visible" and expose the "hidden" around me.
Jill Sampson is an artist grounded in the Australian landscape. Her motivation to make art and develop the Bimblebox Art Project comes from her intimate knowledge of the preciousness of land, water and biodiversity. A lifelong interest in history, the environment, personal stories and the biological sciences inform her art practice.
Gerald Soworka's artwork explores the political from a very personal and philosophical perspective. His artwork seeks to address those fundamental philosophical issues that show the way we position ourselves in the world and how we seek to shape it, including dualism, ethics and religion.
Drawing plays the central role in his art practice, integrated with printmaking techniques and the addition of found and recycled materials.
Shayna Wells explores our environment and what informs our visual vocabulary based on our direct experience. She seeks to show the concentration of tension that exists between the now and the becoming and to merge with the viewer into the afterwards. Her use of the camera renders as a metaphor for the process of memory.
Beth Jackson is the Director of Artfully, an arts consultancy focused in art for public realm and social context. Beth is a contemporary art curator, critical writer and researcher based in Brisbane.
Beth Jackson [Curator]