Art Aviso – 1.5 Degrees

The whirlwind of data and opinion surrounding climate change can be overwhelming; how do we form something meaningful and informative out of all of the figures, news, opinions and anxiety surrounding this topic?

Art connects us to the problem in a felt way, it encourages engagement, deep thinking, problem-solving and questioning.

The title of this exhibition (1.5 Degrees) comes from the challenge of the global community to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees (above pre-industrial levels). It is about the science of climate change, communicated in diverse and intriguing ways.

17 Artist from across Australia explore our relationship to the planet, through explorations of the juncture between science and art, and the very human response to the looming threat of climate change.

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THAO NGUYEN -Words in water


The tragic natural disasters that are unfolding around the world are amplified by climate change.
The inaction of some governing bodies to these events is uninspiring and dangerous.

words in water was an durational performance that took place in the murky waters of Altona beach in Melbourne.
Articles that were drafted into the United Nations’ Kyoto Protocol of 2005 and the 2015 Paris Agreement was laboriously transcribed onto water soluble fabric in red ink. As the tides come in, the water rises, each line of these promises disappear.

The ravaged residue from this performance explores how the world may not need any more meaningless words. What we need is for our responsibility towards building a more sustainable environment to be upheld with actions. This operates on a individual level as well as local, federal and global. This small humble intervention attempts to capture the urgency of much needed climate action.

Artist Statement:

Thao Nguyen is a visual artist and curator based in Narrm (Melbourne).
Her practice and research recognises that text and textiles are important communicators and building blocks to our society. She integrates text and textiles into art installations which become both performative and ephemeral.

An ethos of sustainability and ethical production is woven throughout her practice and her works are an intrinsic reflection on the world around us to prompts ways in which individuals can fuse reverence for the natural environment into everyday life activities. With her background in both fashion design and public art, she explore how design and art methodologies could be used as a tool of intervention into space, and to creatively respond to pressing social, environmental and political issues.

Her most recent works focuses on the climate crisis and makes commentary on the inaction from the Australian government in regards to tackling the issue at hand.



Thao Nguyen
red ink on water soluble fabric, garment rack