Nature Love Stories / Shared Experience of Life
The ocean is our backyard, and its creatures aren’t hidden in the depths and darkness of the sea. Whales, seals, and many others are experiencing their life just like us; they rely on oxygen just like we do, they sing, they love they dance and cry just like we do.
The freestanding exhibition, projection and sound installation encourages the exploration of our shared experience of life on this planet and the questioning of our values. It invites us to listen to the conversations within nature and to be enchanted by it - by the natural world where whales dream and creatures talk to each other. These beautiful things happen every day, all around us as the earth endures it’s battles.
The interactive exhibition aims to create a safe space for us to create our own connections to the natural environment and to explore our own fundamental truth. I believe it’s through those explorations the answers will reveal themselves. The answers being how to care for the environment in a way that speaks to our values, purpose and our shared experience of life.
We are currently working on a collaborative project with a local sea ranger group which will allow us to record underwater conversations off the coast of Sydney - ranging from dolphins, seals to the love songs of humpback whales. We are hoping to incorporate these unique recordings into future projections and sound installations. Dolphins and seals whisper to their young and the humpback's songs are among the most complex animal vocalisations. Humpbacks in different populations sing entirely different songs from those elsewhere in the world and the songs evolve and change every year. I would love to bring these conversations up to the surface for the audience to engage with.
Nature Love Stories - Stills Exhibition
These images have been created off the coast of Australia, in the waters off Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia covering vast regions of the Great Barrier Reef and the Great Southern Reef. All the images have been documented in few metres of water, mostly on breath hold, highlighting our need for mutual life support system - oxygen and our shared experience of life.
*Images of Humpback Whales have been documented off the Kingdom of Tonga where swimming with Humpback Whales is permitted with the assistance of guides and permits.
This project responds to the complexities of truth in the contemporary era by encouraging the audience to connect to themselves, their own backyards, their immediate environment and question their own truth. With overwhelming influx of information, science reports, bombardment of real and fake news we are confronted with the heavy burden of the realities of climate change and the uncertain future of our planet. It becomes increasingly difficult to navigate the steps we as individuals can take. I believe through connecting to our environments and ourselves, our own compass and fundamental truth will reveal itself.