THE SCIENCE KATHLEEN MILES University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Kathleen is a sports scientist and sleep researcher working with Australia’s elite female athletes to improve their sleep. This t-shirt tells a story about an athlete Kathleen works with, and the everyday situations that influence her sleep. This athlete is a professional soccer player and also works full time in an office job. The combined demands of travel and competition often clash with her busy work life, and as a result, she is often sleep deprived. Through working with Nathan, Kathleen now has a better understanding of research storytelling and sharing how fundamental sleep is with artwork viewers. Kathleen is now developing targeted interventions to improve the sleep of female athletes.
THE ART NATHAN PAULETTO University of Canberra Faculty of Arts and Design Nathan studies Architecture at the University of Canberra and has worked in art studios using traditional + digital mediums. As a research assistant himself, Nathan uses creative methods to not only visualise data, but also to generate data. A question that arose in his interpretation of Kathleen’s work was ‘how does one communicate the feeling of quality of sleep in all of its complexity?’ An illustrative approach was used to connect the viewer of the artwork to the story of a professional soccer player’s experience of sleep. Sleep is something difficult to describe intellectually, however we may understand the experience of others by examining and connecting to the experiences of ourselves.
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