Subversive botanica series


1000 mm x 1350 mm x 100 mm (series of three)

Subversive botanica series is a series of porcelain wall works examining endangered Australian flora. Delicately rendered flowers are hand formed from photographic references of rarely seen Australian species. These are aligned with chemistry apparatus suggesting a connection with the field of science and its relationship to environmentalism.

An ambiguous interplay emerges between the weapon-like scientific equipment and endangered species, suggesting protection, destruction, preservation and demise. Scientific development protects and prolongs the existence of threatened plants but it has also been responsible for many species’ demise through harmful chemical exposure. The disconcerting reference to guns anticipates the possibility of impending environmental disaster.

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by Julie Bartholomew HIGHLY COMMENDED