Floating Land Archive Site 2021

The Age of the Jellyfish

Kris Martin, Simon McVerry and Ciganka Artforms

With global temperatures constantly increasing causing the ocean to become more acidic, a considerable amount of marine life is threatened within their unstable habitat. Yet, jellyfish seem to be flourishing under these new ocean norms. These three large jelly fish suspended in the trees along the Noosa boardwalk are intended to provoke curious discussion and questions. Where is the potential verge, the tipping point that marks the edge where marine life diversity drops and the rise of ‘The Age of the Jellyfish’ begins?

Kris is a Sunshine Coast based artist that has specialised in creating large scale natural fibre arts for festivals and events. Most of his arts projects involve community and the environment, with nature being the inspiration, the teacher and also providing the mediums.  Some of his collaborative projects have served as vehicles for Indigenous artists to explore their unique arts culture and showcase it in new ways. Some projects have combined, projection arts, fibre arts and music. Martin is inspired to create sculpture from invasive plant species such as Cats Claw vines and running bamboos. He creates works that aim to reconnect people to nature and draw attention to modern humans disconnect from the natural world.

Simon McVerry has been involved in a wide variety of creative pursuits over the last 20 years. A love of sculpture and carving has found expression in a wide range of projects which have been interwoven with his life path as a sailor, forester and ecologist. In recent years this passion has resulted in the creation of a number of award winning and inspirational art pieces which have featured at cultural, music and art festivals.

Sammy Ciganka often works with Sebastian Grigull – together known as Ciganka- Artforms from Nature. They describe themselves as wild crafters that live in the Noosa hinterlands. Together they work with the organic nature of textiles, timber, clay and foraged objects. Using methods of binding, dyeing, stitching, weaving and carving, creating re-earthable works that hold a resonance of ecological connection to place. Their artistic expressions are the result of their direct experience within their surrounding landscapes, reciprocating each other in an ambiguous nature throughout seasonal changes and moody terrains. They offer meanderings of improvised stitching, carvings of expressive shapes, rhythmic patterns and emotive colours as their own emergent non-verbal response. These explorations of expression draw them into a sensuous encounter with the ecology of their surroundings.

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