Antarctic Sea Ice Platelet Family 01
Antarctic Sea Ice Platelet Family 01 is part of a body of work developed from an art and science collaborative research project. In 2015 and 2016, O’Connor spent several weeks in Antarctica working in a shipping container laboratory on four-metre thick sea ice over 500 m deep McMurdo Sound, 60 km from Scott Base. As an interdisciplinary researcher, O’Connor made art, collected measurement data, and documented the activities of K13, a NZ oceanography team. The sea-ice platelets depicted are the product of sub zero fresh water entering the marine space and flash freezing into ice crystals. The range in size from 10mm x .05 mm thick to the size of a dinner plate and the rough texture that they add to the underside of the sea ice effects the way the ocean mixes. This is part of a long-term art+science collaboration looking at the intersections between the two disciplines.
Gabby O’Connor is an artist and transdisciplinary researcher with training in sculpture and an interest in science communication and community; often transforming everyday materials into beautiful and complex artworks that communicate sophisticated ideas. O’Connor often works collaboratively: from cutting-edge scientists to community groups. Her work act as a bridge between art and science — conveying the imagination and research required of both worlds.
Gabby O’Connor is a PhD researcher at Auckland University with a scholarship from the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge researching intersections between art, science, education and community. She is originally from Melbourne where she did a BFA at the Victorian College of the Arts-Melbourne University and completed a Masters of fine arts at COFA UNSW.
She is currently based at NIWA in Wellington.