Sydney artist, diver and conservation advocate, Sue Liu, will host a drawing class on dry land during this year’s Cuttlefest, the Whyalla celebration of the world’s largest gathering of cuttlefish.
Currently in the state’s Eyre Peninsula for a short time as a volunteer with Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries, Liu will be diving, studying and filming the species in the Stony Point area and bringing what she has found to an art class in the Whyalla Public Library on Thursday 29 June.
“Because animals are innocent creatures, they are in their own environment, doing their own thing, and quite often they are at risk from human beings and our behaviours,” she said.
“Marine animals, in particular, are not seen as much especially in real life, as animals on land, because you actually have to get into that environment.
“I’m trying to be that link between people who don’t have the opportunity or don’t think about them just because you don’t come across them every day.”
“Now I can take that a step further by translating what I see and experience as a diver, into communicating and sharing this with others in a different way, through my art,” she said.
“I bring people underwater with me through my stories and imagery, and I teach people who want to draw.
“I’m trying to open art up to people, and teach them that it’s about observing, seeing things with different eyes and working out your way of expressing and communicating something you find fascinating.”
This is the first time Liu has had the chance to swim with the Giant Cuttlefish.
“I have not yet experienced cuttlefish in the volume and the activity of the aggregation in Whyalla, it’s quite special,” she said.
Liu said her class is all about having a go, trying something different by putting pen to paper.
“I’m teaching something that is very unique, something that is able to engage children and adults together,” she said.
“I hope my class gives people a deeper understanding about the nature of these beings that they probably would have never even thought about, and at the end of the day, they go and say oh I really like that animal.
Tickets to the Whyalla Public Library workshop are available between 30 June and 6 July and start at $39.Jump to next article