NAT­U­RAL talent

A broader brief has trans­formed the Water­house Nat­u­ral Sci­ence Prize, al­low­ing artists to add a hu­man di­men­sion to their per­spec­tives on nat­u­ral sci­ence and our shared planet

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Pen­neshaw pain­ter Scott Hartshorne’s Ocean Tid­ings de­picts Goose­neck Bar­na­cles, found grow­ing on a bot­tle washed up on Kan­ga­roo Is­land’s wild south coast.

“Ocean-born jet­sam is an ever-in­creas­ing phe­nom­e­non on these re­mote beaches,” Hartshorne says. “The pelagic bar­na­cles are won­der­fully op­por­tunis­tic, but the mes­sage is the bot­tle: a re­minder that we too live on a fi­nite pale blue dot float­ing in space.” Not all of the work is fig­u­ra­tive or lit­eral. “My work is about push­ing in­ven­tive­ness to the limit with ab­stract forms and shapes through a sen­sual use of sym­me­try, space and colour,” says Stuttgart-born Syd­ney artist Con­chita Caram­bano of her mixed me­dia work, Sep­a­rate Obli­ga­tions. “It in­cor­po­rates the colours of Aus­tralian scenes that are of­fered nowhere else in the world.”

At the other ex­treme, Lit­tle­hamp­ton artist Jerome Kal­vas’ Salt­wa­ter wa­ter­colour is a very up-close and per­sonal – and de­tailed.

“Few crea­tures get to ob­serve a wild es­tu­ar­ine crocodile so in­ti­mately and live to tell the tale,” Kal­vas says. “As a self­taught artist and wildlife vet­eri­nar­ian with an abid­ing fas­ci­na­tion with the forms and func­tions ob­served through­out na­ture, I was in­trigued in get­ting up close to a crea­ture

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