Erica Seccombe, Nanoplastica (detail) 2008. Multi-channel digital projection, Canberra Contemporary Art Space. Site-dimensions: 20,390 cm wide by 8,750 cm depth, with a ceiling height of 4,450 cm from floor to the roof beams. Created with Drishti and assisted by Professor Tim Senden, Dr Ajay Limaye, Stuart Ramsden and Drew Whitehouse. Made at Vislab, the ANU Supercomputer Centre, 2008.

Erica Seccombe, Ocularanagluphos, 2011. Anaglyph print on paper, 220 x 220 cm. Pop on your red/blue glasses for the full 3-d effect. Printed at the ANU Inkjet print facility.

Erica Seccombe

Residency: 14.05.20012 - 13.08.2012

Erica Seccombe (b. South Port, Queensland, 1968) began a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Darwin in 1986, before relocating to Sydney in 1987. She has since been awarded a Bachelor of Visual Arts (1990) and a Diploma of Visual Arts (1996) from Sydney College of the Arts, and a Master of Philosophy (2003) at the Australian National University School of Art.

Erica’s work is concerned with how science and technology have changed and challenged our understanding of being in the world. Her work is a metaphor for visualizing the invisible and reflects aspects of scientific endeavours such as microscopy and nanotechnology. While Erica’s practice is founded on traditional printmaking techniques, her work evolved in the 1990s by combining the use of photographic screen printing and emerging digital technologies. Her interest in new technologies has led her to explore frontier scientific visualization programs and she is currently experimenting with 3D Microcomputed Tomography X-ray to create digital projection installations of germinating seeds. Erica’s residency in London gave her a fantastic opportunity to develop this work, and visit historic collections of early Microscopy data, such as Robert Hooke’s seminal publication Micrographia (1665).

In 2006, Erica was a recipient of an artsACT project grant to support an artistic residency in the ANU Department of Applied Mathematics where she began experimenting with 3D Microcomputed Tomographic X-ray and Drishti, a volumetric visualization program. As a result of this residency she has embarked on a major collaborative project with researchers from this department to look at dynamic microscopic systems and how they can be visualized in 4D. In 2010 Erica was Visiting Fellow in the Department funded by a 2009 artsACT project grant and a Synapse residency through ANAT, the Australian Network for Art and Technology.

Recent exhibitions include: Super Natural, Alsager Art Centre, Faculty of Performing and Visual Arts, Manchester University, UK (2006); Linear Progressions, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane (2010); Natural Digression, Level 17 Artspace, Victoria University (2010); and Nanoplastica, Canberra Contemporary Art Space (2008) and So Far The Future, London, UK (2012).