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Harry Anderson

As a child, I was an avid gatherer of little things—colourful speckled stones and mossy twigs and animal parts—with a relatively decent collection of empty snail shells and pretty rocks and insects. My work is often informed by my fascination of science and nature, and usually revolves around themes of environmentalism.

I enjoy working with traditional materials, and for my final project I wrote and created a children’s book using hand-drawn illustrations and digital collage. The story, influenced by speculative fictional biology, follows an alien creature exploring a green planet, looking for life among the trees and the flowers. Where at first it appears empty and lifeless to him, his eventual understanding of the planet’s plant-life allows him to recognise that the entire planet itself is a living, thriving ecosystem, and that it is in fact not empty or lifeless at all.