Artworks inspired by a residency in Iceland are part of an exhibition exploring climate change by RMIT University's Professor Lesley Duxbury.
Local Weather, at the Gippsland Art Gallery, is a collection of artworks documenting weather events from two distinct communities.
Professor Duxbury, Deputy Head Research and Innovation in RMIT's Art, has previously created works that addressed issues surrounding the natural environment.
In this exhibition she explores her more immediate surroundings to focus on ways to represent the local atmospheric conditions.
Professor Duxbury spent a month in north-east Iceland as an artist-in-residence based at the Listhus, in the small remote community of Olafsfjordur.
During the residency she pursued her research interests in the physical and psychological effects of weather and climate, particularly in relation to climate change.
"Iceland is in a unique position to combat climate change with its abundance of renewable energy resources," she said.
"Currently over 99 per cent of electricity production and almost 80 per cent of total energy production comes from geothermal and hydropower."
This is in contrast to the Latrobe Valley in Gippsland, where Victoria's power is generated from brown coal. Professor Duxbury lives 80km east of the valley, in the small town of Briagolong.
In 2011, Professor Duxbury was awarded an Australia Council for the Arts, Visual Arts New Work Grant for established artists to create a body of work regarding the atmospheric environment of this small, bushfire-prone town.
She looked at perceptions of climate change by drawing on data from the Bureau of Meteorology weather station at Mt Moornapa, close to Briagolong, and her personal phenomenological engagement in the environment.
These contrasting experiences of weather and atmosphere in two similar-sized communities at opposite ends of the world provided Professor Duxbury with the inspiration to create new artworks.
Local Weather is on now until Sunday, 19 January 2014, at Gippsland Art Gallery, 70 Foster Street, Sale.