Plasticine Marine Artists and Participants


Robyn Glade-Wright and Barbara Dover make environmental art in which beauty and horror co-mingle. Their aim is to produce moments of disquiet in viewers that can engender reflection about the impact of human agency on the habitat of living species and provoke social awareness and behavioural change in relation to environmental issues.

Mia Hoogenboom investigates how processes occurring at the physiological scale influence the growth, survival and reproduction (fitness) of organisms. Her work establishes mechanistic links between environmental conditions, individual performance and population processes, and focuses on three main themes. Using process-based models to determine how energy acquisition and allocation influence demographic rates of different coral species, Mia's recent projects have demonstrated how the physiological response of corals to light and water flow influences colony health and reproduction, and how enhanced condition of coral colonies prior to an environmental stress mitigates mortality risk.

Helen Ramoutsaki’s rapping grandmother, MC Nannarchy, turns her attention from marmalade-making to the spread of plastic marine debris on tropical north Queensland beaches. Nanna takes the opportunity to hoard a cache of polyvinyl chloride in the hope that it will fossilise into a lasting memorial to her in the sedimentary layers of the Plasticene Epoch. The question is whether Nanna’s bid for global plastic supremacy will be thwarted by her nemesis, the movement to reduce plastic waste.

With special thanks to Bennett Walker, Matt Wheldon and Mark Hammon and also to Daniela Vavrova, Martin Potter, The Division of Tropical Societies and Environments and The Cairns Institute, James Cook University