Aphra Shemza is a new media artist exploring the impact and legacy of technology in our world. As an artist and activist, her work sparks conversation and seeks to find solutions for sustainable creative practice. Shemza works predominantly with abstraction, interactivity and light. She uses traditional sculpting techniques, working with wood and plastic, combining them with the latest technology to create her work.
Solutions for a Sustainable Art Practice was created in response to the Art Council’s Developing Your Creative Practice Grant. Her bespoke artist development program will run for three months, allowing her the opportunity to pursue a focused investigation into finding practical, sustainable alternatives to the materials she uses to make her work.
Taking her two core materials wood and plastic, Shemza will participate in a number of workshops designed to teach her the skills she needs to work with sustainable hardwood and build her own plastic recycling machines, creating new materials from waste products. Through the workshops, she will learn invaluable skills that will not only help her to make new work but also new ways of generating materials to sustain her practice for years to come.
Shemza will also have dedicated research time under the mentorship of Levin Haegele, artist and mentor, and will meet with leading experts and industry leaders in the fields of the sustainable arts, new media art conservation and renewable energy. In April, in collaboration with FLUX Events, she will host an artist talk and panel discussion entitled Radical Ecology: Sustainable Media Art with key artists in the field.
Her research and personal experience will be well documented to ignite conversations across academic and community platforms in the new media art industry. The project not only benefits her own artistic practice but through the use of resource sharing and peer networks she will open up her research to the global artistic community to create change.