Roslyn Taplin

Copenhagen 2009 #2 2010, Indian ink and crayon on paper, 80x99cm

In December 2009, I travelled to Copenhagen for the UN Climate Conference. My drawing, Copenhagen 2009 #2 denotes the spectacle in the corridors at the conference venue, the Bella Center. Text in the work is drawn from the speeches delivered at the meeting by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon and former Australian PM, Kevin Rudd. The work deals with concerns about inertia in political decision-making on climate change and questions of ethical and inter-species responsibility.

Roslyn Taplin is an artist and sustainability scientist and living in Southport, Australia. Her works include drawings on paper in pen and ink and installation work documented by video in the natural environment. In many of her works, she explores the use of glyph or text. She is currently undertaking a Doctor of Visual Arts at Queensland College of Art and has a Masters from the College of Fine Arts, Sydney. Roslyn exhibited in RMIT Gallery’s Heat: Art and Climate Change in 2008 and was a finalist in 2010 in both the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA) and the Border Arts Prize with climate change related works. Her recent exhibition at the Tweed River Art Gallery 1 – 29 May, 2011 is Vorsorgeprinzip? From Bali to Copenhagen. Roslyn is also a climate change researcher. She is Head of the Department of Sustainability Science and Professor of Environmental Management at Bond University and was formerly Director of the Climatic Impacts Centre, Macquarie University.