Lillian Whitaker

(she, her)

Field-notes | Ill-Fated

Field-notes
installation with engraved hex-plywood and vinyl lettering
dimensions variable

Ill-Fated
installation with bees-wax sculptures, internally lit hex-ply plinths, audio
dimensions variable

Lillian Whitaker

(she, her)

Lillian Whitaker is a Meanjin (Brisbane) based visual artist and musician whose practice adopts an environmental perspective. Lillian analyses aspects of ecology with a specific focus on themes of symbiosis, mutualism and parasitism within European honeybee colonies. Through affective art experiences, she aims to highlight the importance of ecological balance in the context of a human-induced Anthropocene. Lillian uses practical field-work methods to create artworks, informed by observed ecological phenomena. Here, she renders scientific information accessible to audiences and encourages public discourses around sustainability. This involves an ecocentric collaboration with bee colonies to create physical sculptures. Through an employment of multidisciplinary mediums such as sound, sculpture, photography and video, she devises works that promote sustainable alternatives to the current social, political, and economic structures underpinning contemporary environmental destruction. Lillian’s practice highlights a duality between environmental activism and science/art integration.