Surface: Selective Observation of Data in a Subantarctic Landscape

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Sue Pearce
Dr Janice Lord


This contribution to the Art and Light Project emerged from a science/art collaboration with Janice Lord, plant evolutionary biologist and senior lecturer in the Department of Botany at the University of Otago. A hut book entry led to Janice’s nighttime fieldwork, which revealed the Campbell Island weta’s “novel and unexpected” nocturnal contribution to biotic pollination of subantarctic megaherbs.

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Sue Pearce

Sue Pearce is in her first year as a Masters of Fine Arts candidate at the Dunedin School of Art. Within her drawing practice, she works with the chaotic movement and fluidity of paint to represent textural surfaces alluding to her relationship to the ground.

Dr Janice Lord, University of Otago

Janice Lord is a curator of the Otago Herbarium housed in the Department of Botany at the University of Otago and a plant evolutionary biologist with interests in plant reproductive strategies and traditional uses of plants by Māori.