Natural science art prize mourns disappearing biosphere, Dan Holmes, δημοσίευση The Mandarin [16/9/2022]Marilena Pateraki
The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize has landed in Canberra with a message for political leaders — stop wrecking the planet.
The $30,000 prize, created to commemorate the birth of the South Australian Museum’s first curator and naturalist, Frederick George Waterhouse, celebrates art intersecting with the natural sciences.
This year’s winning and highly commended entrants will be on display at the National Archives of Australia until 13 November 2022.
While previous years have seen diverse entries, from attempts to capture Australia’s aesthetic beauty, to the “humanisation” of the natural environment, the stark whites and greyscale of this year’s exhibition speaks to a deep concern in the sciences and arts communities about the existential risk of ecosystem collapse.
Artistic creations including ‘Endangered’, ‘Slow Demise’, and ‘Anthropocene’ make this year’s Waterhouse a powerful reminder of the role of the arts in setting political agendas and reflecting the hopes and fears of the country.
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