Living Data

Living Data

Evolving conversations  

University of Technology, Sydney Main Entrance Foyer, 3 Sept 2014 - 20 Nov 2014
In Ultimo Science Festival, Sydney3-12 Sept 2014

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  Jemima Eve

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Jemima Eve
Mixed media

 

The work on show in this exhibition is the result of many workaday mornings spent on the Manly ferry, capturing with ink and paper various glimpses of the harbour landscape and the life on and in the harbour.

I live in Manly and love being in, on or near the sea. I gain great creative and personal nourishment from it. I dive, snorkel and swim in summer and sit beside it when winter comes. Winter and Spring is a great time to be near the sea in Sydney, as the whales migrate up and down the coast. Armed with binoculars, I sit on North Head scanning the water hoping to sight them.

Each day as I take the ferry to and from work, I draw the landscape as I pass it by. I like to say that Sydney Harbour is my studio. To me it seems natural that springing from that love would be a desire to protect it, from climate change, overfishing and the pernicious effect of plastic pollution on sea life.

As my personal contribution to the reduction of plastic waste in the ocean, I pick up any stray pieces of plastic I see on my daily walks. When I swim, dive and snorkel I do the same, bringing all sorts of detritus back to the shore with me. I feel that in some ways these activities are part of my creative process, seeing myself as part of the environment in a living and active way, with a responsibility to care for that which I love and which gives me so much pleasure.

Jemima Eve 2014