Seeds of change

Autumn Tansey in front of her mural. (Damjan Janevski) 247304_01

Goya Dmytryshchak

Photographs of seeds on contaminated soil are making a powerful statement on climate change.

Altona Meadows artist Autumn Tansey is exhibiting her work, Saving for a Rainy Day, in Laverton’s Laneway Gallery.

The exhibition looks at the humble seed as the essence of life.

“The photographs are of different seeds, so I was really looking at seeds as a futuristic currency,” Tansey said.

“We’re seeing lots of biodiversity loss at the moment and it’s very relevant with the latest IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] report, which came out [last] week.

“We’re so removed from saving seeds, and these are precious things that we’re going to need going forward.

“It’s this futuristic idea but it’s also ‘now’ in terms of what we’re seeing with biodiversity loss around the world.

“The photographs of the seeds are on contaminated soil.

“Living in the west, in a very industrial area where there is a lot of contaminated environment, that’s our local environment here.

“I was looking at my backyard, which has contaminated soil in it.”

Laneway Gallery is a series of four billboards and a projection site at the front and side laneways of the Woods Street Art Space.

Tansey’s work will be exhibited until September 5.