About Nadine Schmoll
Nadine Schmoll is a Meanjin/Brisbane artist whose interdisciplinary practice spans art and science to explore plant, animal and human interconnections. Her work is informed by time spent on the Great Barrier Reef and investigates how humans can learn from nature to create more mutually beneficial relationships between ourselves and the world around us. Nadine holds a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education and has over ten years experience as an arts educator.
Nadine was awarded First Prize in the Remagine Art Prize (2022 and 2021 Digital Art Stills) and was the recipient of the SWELL Smalls Gallery People’s Choice Award (2021). Select projects include a solo exhibition at Beaudesert Regional Gallery (2022) and collaborations with scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science and the Department of Environment and Science.
2023 SWELL ARTWORK – Living Together
Living Together is an ephemeral homage to symbiosis, a biological relationship found in corals, made collaboratively with community. Embodying a colony of larger-than-life coral polyps, forms are made by sculpting waste polyethylene with heat, water and sand. An algal pigment fades over time through exposure to sunlight, just as corals lose colour when their symbiotic algae is expelled.
This installation prompts the viewer to observe symbiotic relationships in nature for answers to our world’s environmental challenges. How can we live together with animals and plants in more mutually beneficial relationships?