Beauty and Decay (Our Ocean is a Graveyard)

Interactive Installations, Visual Art


Beauty and Decay (Our Ocean is a Graveyard) tells the tale of Australia's coral reefs through a series of technicoloured baroque sculptures. Our relationship to their great wonder encompasses so much; we are struck by their natural beauty, in awe of their intricate complexity and scale, some rely on the reefs for their livelihood, some feel shame as we exploit and destroy them. Our past and present relationship to the coral reefs has resulted in major episodes of bleaching, leaving behind fields of skeletons on the ocean floor.

Whilst we watch the reefs fade, research of Dr. Anya Salih shows promise in corals able to ‘fluoresce’ - finding they were able to adapt to rising temperatures and survive the bleaching process. This project's objective is to speak to the soul and express that we too can ‘fluoresce’ in the face of the climate emergency. We must adapt as a society; in our social conscious, our industry practices, and in our government’s policies. In this story, we must learn from our past, see the present clearly, and affect change to create a better future.


Samantha Sommariva, aka Misklectic, completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours, First Class), in 2016. Her multi-disciplinary practice includes sculpture, installation, lighting, and video, often combining multiple mediums to create immersive spaces.

Misklectic’s artworks are haunting, intricate in form and rich in colour; encapsulating in its totality, the beauty, darkness and pathos of contemporary society and environmental topics of the moment.

Misklectic has received multiple nominations and awards, including: Bruny Island Art Prize, Finalist (2018), Digital Portrait Award, Finalist (2017), Burrinja Climate Change Biennale, Recipient of the Young Artist Award (2017), The Shirl National Youth Portrait Award, Award Recipient (2017) Studio Start-up Residency Program, Abbotsford Convent Foundation (2017), Creative Victoria Grant Recipient (2017), Hatched, National Graduate Show, Finalist (2016). She has also had works collected privately and commercially, including the National Portrait Gallery of Australia and Bega Valley Regional Gallery.






1:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Nishi Gallery

1:00 pm - 7:00 pm | The Shine Dome Sculpture Garden