Gold Coast law student impresses at solo art exhibition

Throughout November, sometime Blank contributor Eden Mili Tokatly showcased four innovative pieces in her first solo exhibition at the Bond University Transformer Hub.

The Law and Arts student is a multidisciplinary artist, blurring the line between visual art and technology and was recently awarded the Gold Coast Student Excellence Award for Excellence in Fostering Creative Arts.

“When writing different lines of code, it’s all about trying to find a balance between algorithms and art,” said Eden.

“A lot of people don’t think that code can be beautiful because it’s typically quite statistical but by making it more aesthetic, I think it can be accessible to the general public.

“One of the pieces was inspired by the theremin, a musical instrument. It’s an interactive work but is still COVID safe.

“You hover your hand around a print out of the stock market and when you move your hand over different sections, you hear what happened on that day. You can see the financial crisis from this year and hear news clippings from that time.”

Eden, who is also Editor-in-Chief and Head of Design at ‘Bound’, the student-produced magazine at Bond University, said inspiration for the exhibition was birthed during her time in quarantine after she returned home from America earlier this year.

“I went on exchange to the University of Southern California at the start of this year but it got cut short because of COVID and I had to come home early,” said Eden.

“I started writing a lot of poetry to help my mental health and bought a massive blank canvas. I did my first oil painting and I would wake up every morning, put on some music, and work on it.”

Eden will graduate from Bond University in April 2021 and has aspirations to pursue postgraduate study in California.

“I think having my time cut short has made me more determined to go back overseas,” said Eden.

“I’m hoping to study studio art and then become a full-time artist beyond university.

“It might seem a bit unrealistic at the moment with international borders closed but I don’t really have a ‘Plan B’.

“My ‘Plan B’ is ‘it’s going to work out’. I’m going to make it happen.”

For more information on Eden’s work, follow her on Instagram @edenmilicreative or check out her website

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