Colonised

Say it With Flowers - waratah

Say It With Flowers – waratah (detail)

The chosen flora for this body of work is native to Australia and recognisable in its emblematic association with our national identity. There is however, a deception, a duality in the materiality. These flowers are created using the skins of feral animals which pose a serious threat to our natural environment. Skin, acting both as exclosure and enclosure, is a purveyor of identity and gives a form description, identification and uniqueness. In this case, it mediates the internal and external world with a twist.

The works refer to the dangers of ignoring our connection to the natural world and interrogate the processes of colonisation and globalisation.

 

Colonise(banksia )

Colonised (banksia serata)

Colonised (banksia serata), cane toad skin, florist wire

Coastal banksia

Colonised- coastal banksia (cane toad skin, florist wire)

Stepto05Sturt Desert Pea(detail)

Colonise(waratah)

Colonised- waratah (cane toad skin, florist wire)

Colonised-Sturt's Desert Pea (cane toad skin, florist wire)

Colonised-Sturt’s Desert Pea (cane toad skin, florist wire)

Colonised-Sturt's Desert Pea - detail

Colonised-Sturt’s Desert Pea – detail

Colonised- Gum (cane toad skin, florist wire)

Colonised- Gum (cane toad skin, florist wire)

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