Jane Michaele Cameron

Jane Michaele Cameron

PhD Candidate
Arts, Design & Architecture
School of Art & Design

Supervisors: Rebecca Green, John McGhee

Jane is an artist and designer with a love of sculpture and drawing. Her current research combines drawing techniques with large-scale photographic collage to explore methods of embodiment of more-than-human sensory capabilities. With support from the 3DXLab, her PhD project explores ant senses, drawing upon recent research which has revealed extraordinary richness in visual capacity and complex navigational ability of some Australian ant species. Informed by posthuman feminist perspectives and using a phenomenological framework, Jane’s work adopts the ant’s lens to explore nonhuman lived experience, perspective, and scale. This research seeks to generate fresh insights into embodied visual methods for challenging dominant Western dualistic interpretations of the more-than-human world. Jane is conducting fieldwork in NSW on the traditional lands of the Darug (greater Blue Mountains), Gumbaynggir (Bongil Bongil National Park) and Gamaraygal (north side of Port Jackson) people.

Jane’s professional background is in publication design and illustration, and she still designs and illustrates books whenever possible.

Over the past 10 years Jane has also taught at tertiary level in art and design history and theory, data visualisation, typography and drawing techniques. Jane is a sessional academic at UNSW Art & Design and recently taught Design History and Theory within the Masters of Design.

  • Animal Studies
  • Drawing as field research
  • Immersive and interactive media
  • Phenomenological affect
  • Embodiment
  • Eco-worlding
  • Slow media
  • Citizen Science


  • 2023 Winner, TEDI (The Engineering and Design Institute) London ‘Engineered In-Vestments’ Design Competition
  • 2023 Finalist, Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize
  • 2023 Finalist, Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize
  • 2022 Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship

Book Design Awards

  • 2010 Highly Commended, best book or series, New Zealand Educational Publishing Awards
  • 2008 Winner, best designed tertiary series, Excellence in Educational Publishing Awards
  • 2005 Shortlisted, best designed tertiary and further education book, APA Awards
  • 2004 Winner, Galley Club Award for best limp-bound book
  • 2004 Shortlisted, best designed children’s series, Australian Publishing Association Awards
  • 2002 Winner, best designed tertiary series, Excellence in Educational Publishing Awards


  • 2023 ARTLAB, AD Space, UNSW Art & Design
  • 2023 Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize
  • 2023 Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize
  • 2022 Massive Action Sydney Exhibition (Climate focus)
  • 2021 Small Works Prize, Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne
  • 2021 INSECTA, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Camperdown
  • 2020 The Annual, Master’s Graduate Exhibition, UNSW Galleries, Paddington
  • 2019 Fault Lines, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney
  • 2017 Spring, The Happenstore, Annandale
  • 1992 Group Show, Tap Gallery, Darlinghurst
  • 1990 4 Women: a Lyrical Journey, Artspace, Redfern

International Conference Presentations

  • Sept 2021 Frankenlaw Critical Law Conference (CLC), Dundee University, Scotland, Presentation and short film entitled 'Anthropocene: embracing trouble'
  • Sept 2021 Ecocide/Speciesism: Legislating Hierarchy, Interdependence, Death. Online Symposium, Atlanta, Georgia. Paper title: An ant in a post-human landscape
  • Nov 2021 Regrowth & Resistance, Kew Gardens, London. Brief paper and presentation of short film, 'Anthropocene: embracing trouble'