Above and Below is a moving image work by award winning contemporary Australian artist Anna Glynn. In 2017, the work was acquired for the Australian Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra. This major public collection is of significant heritage value and is created specifically for Parliament House.
Above and Below reflects the character of this beautiful isolated environment and its complex and elegant natural rhythms and patterns.
Glynn was selected as the first artist in residence by the National Parks Arts Foundation US to spend 30 days off grid on the tiny island of Long Key in the Dry Tortugas National Park. She teamed up in an interdisciplinary collaboration with environmental scientist Peter Dalmazzo and in the inspirational environment at Loggerhead Key they collected video, time lapse, audio and photographs both terrestrial and aquatic, in a variety of ecotypes, in nature and in the human environment.
Glynn was given permission to quietly observe and film the only current nesting colony for the Magnificent Frigatebird in the continental U.S. During the artist in residence she observed the parallel between the forms in nature above and below the water. In this video, she creates a visually poetic work expressing her curiosity and wonderment with the natural world of the Dry Tortugas National Park.