2015 Vice-Chancellor’s College Visiting Artist Fellows
Dr Liz Coats
Liz Coats is a recent PhD graduate from ANU School of Art Painting Workshop. She will collaborate with Associate Professor Krisztina Valter-Kocsi, ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, in an exploration of the physiology and function of colour vision. Layered transparent and semi-transparent colour arrays in painting, can appear to shift in and out of visual focus and vary in intensity and hue. Liz Coats will relate these effects to the known physiology of vision, while seeking out language that accords with an artist’s direct experience. Colour abstraction will be approached as an organic process of discovery, in which choices made during construction associate with perceptual depth in the colour field.
Matt Higgins is a recent graduate from ANU School of Art Photography and Media Arts Workshop. He will collaborate with Emeritus Professor Elmars Krausz, ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, based on their shared knowledge of traditional darkroom techniques, as well as Professor Krause’s current research interest in spectroscopy. Using the camera-less photographic technique known as the chemigram, Matt Higgins will explore the urge to use chemical reactions to create images out of light. The chemigram provides an enchanting glimpse of the secret world of hidden chemistry, ever present but rarely seen, tantalisingly caught exposed in just one of its infinite possibilities.
Steven Holland is a recent PhD graduate from ANU School of Art Sculpture Workshop. He will collaborate with Professor J. Scott Keogh, Research School of Biology, ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment. Steven Holland explore connections between reptiles and amphibians and human cognition. He will examine studies in the evolutionary relationship between primates, venomous snakes and the human neocortex. He will develop new sculptures drawing on the symbolic linkages of snakes and humans in art, religion and psychology.
Ivo Lovric is a recent PhD graduate from ANU School of Art Photography and Media Arts Workshop. He will collaborate with Professor Margaret Thornton, ANU Public Policy Fellow at the ANU College of Law, based on their shared interest in education and the corporatisation of universities. Ivo Lovric’s project will involve the planning, design and production of a series of posters, which address the corporatisation, casualisation, and massification of higher education as well as the effects that these strategies are having on both students and staff.
Carolyn Young is a doctoral candidate in the ANU School of Art Photography and Media Arts Workshop. She will collaborate with woodland ecologists Fenner Fellow Dr. Sue McIntyre and Associate Professor Adrian Manning (and his team) at the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment. Her collaborators are involved in the Mulligans Flat-Goorooyarroo Woodland Experiment where the aim is to find ways of improving the box-gum grassy woodland for biodiversity. Carolyn will respond through photography to the ecological restoration experiments underway in Mulligans Flat.