Lianne Edwards’ background as a marine biologist and a creative artist serves to position her at the forefront of eco artists in New Zealand. Her interest in both science and art finds its voice in artworks that make comment on our relationship with the natural world. All too often humankind is found wanting in any examination of our interaction with nature. Edwards’ work, often microscopically delicate, or alternatively, commanding a strong physical presence, tells the story of a world at war with itself. With a focus on the ocean and seashore, Edwards confronts us with our own weapons of destruction which are deployed in artworks that lead the way in contemporary social conscience art in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Edwards holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Nelson/Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT), a Post-graduate Diploma of Natural Resources from Lincoln University, and a Bachelor of Science (Zoology/Cell Biology) from the University of Auckland. Since 2005, Edwards has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout New Zealand. In 2008 she was awarded an Artist Residency at the Vermont Studio Centre, U.S.A. She is represented by Whitespace Gallery.