from the Conversation

Crafting in times of crisis helps critters and creators

Crafting in times of crisis helps critters and creators Emily Brayshaw, University of Technology Sydney The bushfires burning across Australia are having a devastating impact on our unique native wildlife. But while record numbers of injured and orphaned animals are being treated, tens of thousands of people across Australia and…

The resonances between Indigenous art and images captured by microscopes

The resonances between Indigenous art and images captured by microscopes

The resonances between Indigenous art and images captured by microscopes Detail from Witchetty Grub Dreaming, Jennifer Napaljarri Lewis, Warlukurlangu Artists of Yuendumu. Courtesy of the artist Roger Wepf, The University of Queensland Rich visual parallels between Indigenous artworks and microscopic natural structures hidden in the world around us reveal unexpected…

Out of Character

Out of Character

Out of character: how acting puts a mental strain on performers Actors are often required to tap profound emotions in their performance, which is one of the reasons for poor mental health in the industry. Shutterstock.com Leith Taylor, Edith Cowan University Performers are twice as likely as the general population…

For Aboriginal artists, personal stories matter

For Aboriginal artists, personal stories matter

For Aboriginal artists, personal stories matter Louise Martin-Chew, The University of Queensland In the recent Julian Schnabel film about Vincent van Gogh, At Eternity’s Gate, Vincent asserts, “I am my painting”. The lives of certain artists are often viewed popularly through the prism of biography. But in the contemporary art…

The science is in: gardening is good for you

The science is in: gardening is good for you

The science is in: gardening is good for you Time spent weeding, potting and pruning can be as good for the gardener as it is for the garden. Image from www.shutterstock.com Chris Williams, University of Melbourne As the weather warms and days lengthen, your attention may be turning to that…