Bundanon

Erica Seccombe

Erica Seccombe

Art Form: Multi disciplinary

Residency Year: 2022

Lives / works: Ngunnawal and Ngambri Country, Googong NSW, and Canberra ACT.

Erica is a senior lecturer at the ANU School of Art and Design, and her interdisciplinary arts practice spans from traditional lens-based imaging, print media and drawing, to experimental digital platforms using frontier scientific visualisation software. A continuing theme arising in her work is the complex human relationships we have with nature and our natural environments, whether through social, cultural, or technological factors. Erica’s practice articulates ways to position her own experiences and concerns as an artist of living at this time of uncertainty where human activity has had a dominant influence on the environment and climate. Notably, Erica’s work ‘Metamorphosis’ 2016, won the 2018 Waterhouse Natural Science Art prize. Since 2019 is a lead artist on the Campbelltown Hospital rebuild consulting with the Macarthur community and Dharawal elders, developing an art strategy for the hospital interior that features a selection of culturally significant plant species of the region.

In residence at Bundanon

Erica’s residency at Bundanon is supported by The Tellus Art Project 2022-23, a collaboration between UNSW Art and Design, the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens Herbarium, Bundanon and Open Humanities Press. It is the result of an Australian Research Council grant and aims to re-value the plant collection of the Herbarium through the mediation of art, film and story-telling. Collaborating with Aunty Deidre Martin, a Walbanga woman from the Yuin Nation, Erica’s residency will contribute to a new work, “Planting New Perspectives” will explore a cultural exchange of knowledge about the plants of this region.

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Bundanon acknowledges the Wodi Wodi and the Yuin, of the South Coast region, and recognises their continuous connection to culture, community and Country.

In Dharawal the word Bundanon means deep valley.

This website contains names, images and voices of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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