I was born in on Norfolk Island 1949 to an Aboriginal Australian mother and English father. My family connections are in Victoria, Tasmania and England. I created the Living Data program to explore the similar and different ways we understand and respond to our changing climate, as scientists and as artists.
I trained to be a dancer and a visual artist. After working in Antarctica as an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellow I moved to Sydney and completed a Diploma of Aboriginal Studies at Eora College, and then a PhD in New Media Arts at the University of New South Wales. These explorations led me to reconnect with my Aboriginal family in Victoria and to recognise the primal forms in art and data as languages of relationship. Like many First Nations Australians dispossessed of cultural knowledge, I work to reconnect the different ways of knowing that together sustained Aboriginal Australia for tens of thousands of years. My PhD resulted in a language of primal gestural forms that I still use to combine scientific data and subjective responses. I'm a continuing student at Eora, Artist in Residence in the Faculty of Science at the University of Technology Sydney, and Visiting Scientist (a.k.a. Artist) at the Australian Antarctic Division, Tasmania.
My work is presented online, in public spaces and at conferences and exhibitions, including art and science events and Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings.
Interactions between Indigenous knowledge holders, scientists and other artists, have led to the project, 'Seeding Treaties: Voices from the Southern Ocean'. The aim of the project is to inspire and inform people to tell their own stories of relationship to the natural world: http://www.antarcticanimation.com/content/wordpress/