Artist Lianne Edwards has a background in marine ecology, conservation and resource management. Her artworks comment on our relationship with, and how we treat and value, the natural world articulating human influences on the “Beauty and chaos, transience and permanence” of nature.
For the past five years Edwards (of Tongan/European ancestry) has focussed her endeavours on the marine environment highlighting some of the key environmental issues facing the Pacific Ocean and region. Her first public gallery exhibition features a selection of works melding art, science and repurposed, discarded materials sourced from our coastlines and seas.
Resembling the microscopically delicate, or commanding a strong physical presence as in the Wayfinding series of Sentinels and Sea Kraits, environmental messages and important themes are addressed in the artists’ concern for our oceans, our native plants and animals “and the future that we will be leaving for generations to come.”
Edwards has collaborated with organisations such as the Sea Cleaners initiative, and also with wildlife scientists to draw attention to our marine environment and with our critically endangered native bird (in particular wandering albatross) populations. Her work is found in the collections of the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Chartwell Collection, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wallace Arts Trust and many private and public collections.