Art and Nature: Antidotes to anxiety

Emma is hard at work in Fisher Library bumping in her fabulous exhibition Art and Nature: Antidotes to Anxiety, as part of the Big Anxiety Festival https://www.thebiganxiety.org/events/art-nature-antidotes-anxiety/

In this new exhibition artist and Sydney University PhD student Emma Robertson suggests a combination of art and nature as antidote to anxiety.

When: 20 September-14 October 2017; 10am-5pm

Where: Fisher Library levels 2, 3 and 4.

Art and nature both provide antidotes to feelings of anxiety, as shown by recent research into biophilia and ecopsychology. This exhibition, in glass vitrines across three floors of the Fisher Library at Sydney University, explores images of plants which enhance a calm meditation, and a mindful response. Observing natural forms has been statistically proven to reduce blood pressure, increase immune responses, and help alleviate depression and anxiety. Reflecting on images of nature can provide us with a source of healing and improve well-being, and the exhibition is part of a community of activities that form part of the Big anxiety festival of arts + science + people

About the artist:

Emma Robertson is an award winning artist, whose work is in several public collections in four countries. The Hospital Trust for Scotland purchased two works for their permanent collection, which were commissioned by the Scottish Arts Council for the exhibition Woodworks. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Sciential Education Fellow / Associate Professor at UNSW, and a previous Artist in Resident at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

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