ecology : ideas : art : science : memory : forever : now
Aviva Reed is an interdisciplinary visual ecologist. Her practice explores scientific theories, particularly concepts associated with evolution and the ecological imagination. Her work aims to explore time and scale using storytelling, visualisations, soundscapes and physical movement to to explore emergent systems occurring through complexity.
Aviva is a core member of the Small Friends Books team (published by CSIRO Publishing), as well as co-designer and facilitator of workshops inspired by these award-winning publications. These books explore the world of microbes. Her most recent project is Oekologie Studio, an art/ science studio. Its first publication in 2017, "Eon, the Story of the Fossils", explores what we can learn from billions of years of being part of an evolving ecosystem. Oekologie Studio uses the Biotic Potential methodology, a technique that incorporates art making, storytelling and educational theories to explore complexity to create experiences and training in the ecologies. She also teaches hands on eco-literacy with Foodweb Education in schools through a gardening program.
Aviva received her Bachelor of Science in 2006 from the University of Tasmania and her Masters of Environment from the University of Melbourne in 2015. Her research thesis ‘A Symbiosis of Pedagogies’, explored ecological ontologies through the science and art nexus.
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Select clients include:
Parks Victoria, Tas
MONA Minors Markets, Tas
NSW Government, NSW
Melbourne Water, Vic
City of Melbourne, Vic
Bob Brown Foundation, Tas
Scribblers Writers Festival, Perth
2016 Artist/ Scientist in Residence: Phylogenetic Tree of Life, Aitken College, Greenvale, Victoria.
2016 University of Arizona, USA, Agricultural Dept. interdisciplinary project, Small Friends.
2014 GASP (Glenorchy Art & Sculpture Park) Internship with Janet Laurence and Tega Brain.
2013 Windgrove, Nubeena, Tasmania.
2013 Extended Artist in Residency, Elmore Primary School, Regional Arts Victoria
2011 The Symbiogenesis Project, Laughing Waters Residency, Eltham, Victoria
2009 Art & Soul Inc., Woolloomooloo, Sydney
2015 Puggle Award, Environmental Award for Childrens Literature, Zobi and the Zoox
2014 Winner of a Bronze medal in the Children’s eBook category in 2015 US Independent Publisher (IPPY) awards for the Squid, the Vibrio & the Moon
2012 First prize, Window Frames exhibition, Moreland City Council, Melbourne
2010 First prize, Window Frames exhibition, Moreland City Council, Melbourne
2004 First Prize in mixed media category Royal Hobart City Agricultural Show
2003 Certificate of Merit Marine Art Exhibition- Huon Art Exhibition Group
1995 Certificate of Merit Children’s Hospital Art Exhibition, Sydney
2018 Eon Book Launch and Symbiosis Salon, Neon Parlour, Thornbury, Vic solo show
2018 HYDRO/LOGIC, Library at the Dock, Docklands, Melbourne solo show
2018 A Luta Continua, Moonah Arts Centre, Tasmania
2017 Tarkine In Motion, Long Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania
2015 Zobi & the Zoox Book Launch, Artplay, Mebourne
2012 The Symbiogenesis Project, Melbourne City Library
2012 Detrital Wonderland, Installations at Village and Harvest Festivals
2012 Wonderland, Window Frames exhibition, Moreland City Council, Melbourne
2012 The Symbiogenesis Project, Eltham Community Library, Victoria
2011 Detrital Wonderland, Installations at Village and Harvest Festivals
2011 Cherish or Perish Grumpy’s Green, Collingwood, Melbourne
2010 Porcelain Punch Traveling Medicine Show, Melbourne Fringe Festival
2010 A Corporate Unmasking, Hogan’s Gallery, Melbourne
2010 Dancing on Glass, Window Frames exhibition, Moreland City Council, Melbourne
2009 Exhibit R. Gallery 71, Hobart solo show
2009 Weld Echo, Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart
2008 Weld Echo, Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart
2007 Ethical Investments Prize exhibition, Knot Gallery, Sydney
2007 Art from Trash, Hobart, Alice Springs
2007 Threatened Species Exhibition, Darwin
2006 Weld Echo, co-curator/exhibitor with Black Sassy Collective, Hobart
2005 Marine Art Exhibition, Huon Art Exhibition Group, Tasmania
2005 eMerging exhibition, Utas, Hobart
2004 Southern Exposure exhibition, Huon Art Exhibition Group, Cygnet
2004 Hobart City Agricultural Show, Tasmania
2003 Marine Art Exhibition, Huon Art Exhibition Group, Cygnet, Tasmania
2003 HEARTHEART festival & sculpture walk, Judbury, Tasmania
2002 Curator & exhibitor HEARTHEART exhibitions in Hobart, Huonville & Cygnet