Oceanides was born from an appreciation of microscopic patterns and forms during Karin’s scientific research in Antarctic marine ecology. During her research, she observed a wealth of diversity of microscopic plankton, which exhibit such beauty that she believes they should not be restricted to the eyes of scientists! This has led her to create artworks, using jewellery as her medium, with the aim to open the eyes of the general public to the myriad of microscopic marine life & to fuel curiosity about the vital role of plankton in our global environment.  
  Karin grew up in South Australia where she developed a love of nature that led her to undertake a Bachelor of Applied Science in Natural Resources Management at the University of Adelaide, 1992-1994. In 1995 she moved to Hobart, Tasmania to pursue an Honours degree in Antarctic studies and fulfil her childhood dream of living and working in Antarctica. She completed a PhD in Zoology at the University of Tasmania in 2002, researching microscopic plankton in Antarctic waters and their role in climate change. Inspired by microscopic patterns and forms, she created her first piece of metal sculpture in the diesel mechanics workshop at Davis Station, Antarctica. She began a Diploma of Art, Craft, Design in silver-smithing in 2003 hoping to use her creativity to promote awareness of microscopic marine life and their role in global climate change. Her jewellery and wearable art-work has been exhibited in The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, Conrad Jupiter’s Art Prize and the MacQuarie University World Year of Physics Art Prize. She is currently developing her business ‘Oceanides – Art of the Ocean’ and researching the nexus between science and art. She hopes that collaboration between the two disciplines can invoke public and political will that is necessary to prepare for and minimise unprecedented changes in our global environment.  
As an artist I aim to stir the imagination, individual consciousness, and the broader social conscience. My work exposes contrasts and contradictions within society and the environment by combining aspects of science, art and language that awaken curiosity and invite interpretation. I use soft cotton wool to depict hard ice, and hard titanium to represent fluid objects. I play with the concept of space using the absence of metal to give strength to my works. I also play with our perception of scale and the juxtaposition of forms: bringing an ice-berg down to a size that can fit on your finger, enlarging microscopic plankton into wearable art. By placing these elements outside of their natural realm I draw attention to the beauty, contrasts and extremes in nature. I also allude to aspects of human nature, which influence our interaction with the environment. As humans we love to collect things: the flotsam and jetsam of life that evoke memories and have meaning to us. Yet often more precious are the intangible things that we capture in our hearts and minds, and we most commonly convey these using language. I like to play on words in the titles of my works to make people stop and think and see things from a different perspective to their usual perception. My goal is to incite inward and outward reflection. When we stop and reflect on something we often see beauty that we did not realise was there. This leads to an appreciation of the subject and the assignation of values. My work aims to expose the beauty of nature and depict our interaction with the environment, and in doing so highlight the social relevance of environmental change.  
Download Karin's CV