Bio and Statement
Caroline Hamilton Wisler’s work is an exploration of a ‘sense of place’. She considers how we ground ourselves within our environment, asking questions about our connection to landscape and how we exist within that space. She investigates what physical aspects tie us to a place, and which emotions, memories, and perceptions hold us there. The natural ecosystem of the North Coast of NSW is one of Australia’s most biologically diverse, which is evident through the inclusion of the regions Gondwana Rainforest into World Heritage listing. Urbanisation along with climate change combines to produce a very real threat to our rare and threatened flora. With the North Coast Region being one of NSW fastest growing populations we risk loss of habitat through the impact of humanity. Along with climate change the current natural biodiversity of the region is disrupted, resulting in plant species loss. My work serves as a recording of the local flora and plant species to preserve what we have and for future generations to have access to. Biological diversity is imperative for ecosystem variation for all flora and fauna species to survive. Inherently they rely upon one another. With the worlds’ forests disappearing at an alarming rate it is now more important than ever to preserve what we have left. The Cyanotype process harnesses natures’ natural energy, the sun, to capture the marks, shadows, silhouettes, and outlines of our native flora. The bold contours and receding shadows are an observation of how we interact with our surroundings and the impact we have. It reflects upon the fragility of nature and the delicate balance between humanity and the environment.