Studio Antarctica: Gabby O'Connor

Platelets formed under the ice from Antarctica

Gabby O'Connor's exciting new exhibition at Pātaka ART+MUSEUM in Porirua is inspired by the science that is in constant motion on the icy continent.

19 June – 18 September 2016

Gabby O'Connor | Studio Antartica | Pataka 2016 - promotional video

[Pātaka] Gabby O’Connor’s Studio Antarctica installation is the result of a creative collaboration between contemporary fine art and cutting edge scientific research. In 2015 O’Connor spent several weeks in Antarctica working in a shipping container laboratory on sea ice 4 metres thick over 500 metre deep McMurdo Sound. While making and researching her art, O’Connor helped world-renowned scientific research team, K131, document ice platelet structures found in these sub-zero oceans. This is part of a long-term art + science alliance that explores intersections between the two disciplines.

Studio Antarctica, the installation, is in three interconnected parts that reveals the processes of the project through photography, painting and drawing, a multi-channel video projection and a site specific sculptural work made from packaging tape and light.

The Deep South National Science Challenge is proud to be associated with this exciting project!

For more information about Gabby's work 


Gabby O'Connor's Website


Date posted: 15/06/2016

Programme type: Engagement Processes and Observations