Aviva Reed : illustrator
Some would call Aviva Reed an artist, others a scientist. Aviva describes herself as a visual ecologist and creative provocateur. She enjoys provoking thought, smashing paradigms and rebuilding them. She loves combining ideas and exploring concepts from multiple perspectives. Through her practice she seeks to evoke enchantment, cross-disciplinary thought, and to question status quo notions of normality.
Aviva has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science, a Masters of Education (in Environment) and has spent the past decade working as a professional artist. She has completed numerous bodies of work including drawings, paintings, mixed media and installation. Recent projects include illustrating science-adventure stories in collaboration with Melbourne-based art-science publisher, Scale Free Network, interpreting the history of evolution for a participatory landscape installation at Windgrove and interning at GASP, both in Tasmania. She has produced a series of artworks for the Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance (NSW), in response to community members’ sense of place, as well as undertaken two artist residencies; a Regional Arts Victoria extended artist-in-residency at Elmore Primary School exploring ecology through performance and a Laughing Waters residency, culminating in a body of work exhibited at Melbourne City Library titled The Symbiogenesis Project. In 2002, she co-founded Tasmanian-based Black Sassy Collective, an environmental art collective which exhibits annual collaborative exhibitions in Hobart, Tasmania.
Most recently, Aviva has published her first book: EON. The Story of the Fossils - an exquisite, evolutionary, exploration of life on Earth.