Can we learn about the animals and plants in our environment, from observation and play?
To study botany/ecology can render plants and our environment as an object; it can be clinical and detached. My query was whether I could study my local ecology via art making with it.

Using materials found in my environment, I printed onto paper. I transformed plants, soil, found copper, charcoal, and rocks into paints and printed them onto paper. Astonishingly, the prints made from the earth often resembled animals and the patterns which live among them. Patterns resembled micro-organisms and canopies, underwater and above. 

The process encouraged a meditation on each plant and animal, deepening my understanding of the subject not as a subject, but as a sentient being with a purpose deeply embedded in the web of life it lives in. 

Azure Kingfisher
Azure Kingfisher

Azure Kingfishers. Golden bellied with a royal blue coat, delicate bodies of the azure kingfishers rest on the rivers. They are such a gift to see, and difficult to forget. Collaboration with Eucalyptus leaves and gum nuts from the Birrarungmarr, Warrandyte, where I saw the golden kingfisher

photo by Theresa Hamilton from A Tree's Worth Exhibition, At The Counihan Gallery, Brunswick

Hongi #2
Hongi #2

After the forest is logged, napalm bombs are dropped, burning the ancient forest soils and surrounds, so that the most profitable trees grow back, with no ecosystem to support it, Eucalyptus leaves, olive berries, myrtle bark and tree ferns, from The Franklin River, the Tarkine, Tasmania, and ash from the campfire Haiku by Diana Levy

Azure Kingfisher
Azure Kingfisher

Azure Kingfishers. Golden bellied with a royal blue coat, delicate bodies of the azure kingfishers rest on the rivers. They are such a gift to see, and difficult to forget. Collaboration with Eucalyptus leaves and gum nuts from the Birrarungmarr, Warrandyte, where I saw the golden kingfisher

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Some of these painting are for sale as prints in the Shop,

For enquiries into originals, custom sizes and framing, contact:

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