Vaster than empires and more slow

Leaves, 22 carat gold, Petri dishes

These gilded sculptures started with careful research into the earliest known tree types planted in South Australia around the time of European of settlement. Various fruit leaves were then carved with a scalpel into the shapes of the different colonial ships, all of which cradled a nursery of European trees.

Using metaphysical notions of ‘the vegetable soul’ and the incalculability of time, the incursion of the vegetative kingdom may be seen in retrospect as an outrider to colonial arrival. The artwork, therefore, acknowledges the irrevocable transformation of the Australian landscape, and the loss of habitat that made colonial planting possible.

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by Christobel Kelly