Botanica showcases work by a selection of emerging and established artists from Darwin, Alice Springs and the Katherine region. The exhibition presents the work of artists whose imagery focuses on plant forms, native flora and the minutiae of their immediate environment.
Godinmayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre (GYRACC)
11 April – 10 May 2014
Chan Contemporary Art Space
3 July – 27 July NT
The Palmaceae is the botanical family name for palm tree. They are forever green, with large lush fronds fan faring at the top of a lean branchless trunk. Typically you would find them in tropical locations yet they make up a rainforest or dot a desert, and they are nearly always a symbol of a very cool holiday destination.
Historically, in some cultures they symbolized victory, peace and fertility. They are noted 30 times in the bible and 22 times in the Quran. Coming from Goulburn NSW, Palm Sunday was the closest I came to a palm frond, folding separate leaves into crosses that we would cherish for months until they decomposed.
When I moved to the Top End, arriving in the ‘wet’, I did not expect it to be so lush and tropical. Tall regal palms, along with big steel mesh fences, were the features of every suburban house… and dogs!
Adore Arbor depicts the clustering of the palms and their almost structured leafy glade. Feather leaves, soft and lush, creating a natural arbor that provide respite in the hot humidity of the tropics.