Image: Of Death and Sand II, 2015 Microscopic view of plastic from Lord Howe Island 90 x 60 cm
Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger has completed two Masters degrees at Sydney College of the Arts - University of Sydney Australia
Her continuing interest and projects investigate the role plastics and tourism are playing in our environment see her travel to remote places such as Antarctica and include small islands
Lea works to disseminate this research and resulting artworks in exhibitions and at conferences internationally and in Australia
In 2014 Lea completed her second residency in New York at SVA (the School of Visual Arts) NatLab (Nature and Technology laboratory) in Manhattan she holds a Master of Fine Arts, a Master of Studio Arts and a Diploma of Fine Art.
Her 2015 solo exhibition Colliding Worlds at the Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery, followed her work being shown in an SVA Alumni show at the Flatiron Building in Manhattan and at the NYABF at the MOMA annex PS1, New York.
Lea's research into evolution, contemporary society and the impact of tourism on island environments has seen her do onsite investigations in South Shetland Islands specifically Deception Island (Antarctica) 2017, The Faroe Islands (The North Sea) 2015, The Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) 2014 and Lord Howe Islands (NSW Australia) 2014 & 2015. These islands are among many others that are gathering increasing interest for the consumerist travellers ‘bucket list’. Lea’s art focuses on the impact of contemporary society and tourism on sensitive ecosystems and island communities through immersive residencies or eco-tourism. The resulting artworks and installations examine a window into the impact of the Anthropocene and contemporary consumerism on the viewed utopian destination. Her interdisciplinary eco-critical vision embraces various mediums from the traditional such as printmedia, photography and drawing, to the new media of video, sound and installations.