Seagrass science inspires Malgana artist

Gathaagudu (two waters), also known as Shark Bay, is the traditional country of Malgana peoples. It is also home to expansive seagrass (wirriya jalyanu) meadows. This article, published in Issue 114 of the Friends of King's Park magazine For People and Plants, takes you on a high-resolution journey to the surface of seagrass leaves and the individual cells giving life and colour within them. Exploring the anatomical structures of seagrasses (and comparative works with eucalypt species) provides inspiration for environmental science student and emerging Malgana artist, Tiahna Oxenham. In keeping with cultural heritage protocols, art works are created from plant material collected on Malgana Country, keeping her connection to country alive.

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