Life on Earth recreates the artist’s intense moments with wild species, encountered during global fieldtrips to desert, Arctic, reef and museum sites between 2011-2018.

Emma Lindsay grew up believing that environments untouched by humanity still existed on Earth, based on David Attenborough’s nature TV documentaries. Later, the artist was heartbroken to learn Attenborough’s ‘Nature’ was an aesthetic camera-constructed illusion, with all traces of humans carefully edited out of the frame. Lindsay reframes Life on Earth to include her observations of the sixth mass extinction crisis, climate change, and the ongoing impact of unlimited human activities on the Biosphere.

The exhibition will offer conversations about biodiversity and geographic zones at risk of disappearing, utilizing a diverse range of art media: an invitation to consider care and complicity in the intersection between art, science, culture, and all Life on Earth.


Main Gallery


5 June – 15 June 2019
Artist Talk: Saturday, 15 June 3pm

Image credit: Borderlines by Emma Lindsay, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist.


Emma Lindsay

Dr Emma Lindsay is a visual artist and occasional curator. Lindsay’s paintings and interdisciplinary projects explore personal encounters with threatened, endangered and extinct species and the impact of human culture and activities upon their habitats and existence during this time of the Anthropocene.

Overall winner of the 2016 Moreton Bay Art Awards, Lindsay has been a finalist in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Churchie Emerging Art Award, Redlands Westpac Art Prize, and the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize. The artist has been awarded residencies with: BAER Art Centre Artist Center (Iceland); Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Hill End Murray’s Cottage Residency, and Point B Worklodge (New York). Since 2009 she has also been awarded major grants from the Australia Council, Australian American Association, Arts Queensland, Brisbane City Council, and an RMIT Post-Graduate scholarship. Lindsay’s work is held in public and private collections in Australia and internationally.

Artist website: www.emmalindsay.com