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. 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.
Current research is tracking changes in understanding that can happen through interactions between scientists and artists, specifically through my collaboration with marine biologist and UTS Professor William Gladstone.