Artist statement

Hyperobjective Body

This body of work is an attempt to make plain the strangeness of the ubiquity of climate change in everyday life. Both in the way it impacts upon the body, and in the way the body continuously exacerbates the carbon pollution that drives the warming of the climate.

Little plastic things are everywhere. I use many small useful pieces of plastic every day and then throw them in the bin, later they go into landfill. Some get into the sea. I read recently that some whales were found dead, and though their cause of death was something else, their stomachs were full of plastics.

My own body is both a cause of climate change, and its witness. In these works I try to explore the reasons why my efforts to empathise with the present and future victims of climate change, and to curb my climate vandalism, are imperfect and inept. Ultimately I am seduced by the appeal and ease of using these bright little plastic gems that promise convenience.

 

Artist biography

Eva Nilssen is a Hobart-based contemporary artist, whose practice interrogates the strangeness of embodiment as a way to address broad issues such as inequality and anthropogenic climate change. She uses video, still images, and objects to conjure the uncanny echoes of everyday life, in order to address the shadowy territory of our motivations and assumptions. Eva recently completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with First Class Honours at the Tasmanian College of the Arts, for which she also received a University Medal.