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.
Colonised (banksia serata), cane toad skin, florist wire
Sturt Desert Pea(detail)