On Wednesday 5 September 2018, 5.15 for 5.30pm I’ll be presenting the results of my Creative Arts Fellowship research at the National Library of Australia on small grassy woodland mammals,
focusing on the original plates for John Gould’s Mammals of Australia (London, 1863).
Following the presentation, Genevieve Jacobs and Simon Corbell will officially launch my photography book Grassland in Transition co-authored with Dr Sue McIntyre. The book was made possible through funding from the Capital Region Landkeepers Trust. After the launch, the book can be purchased from the National Gallery of Australia Bookshop, Weswal Gallery (Tamworth), Goulburn Regional Art Gallery. RRP $45. I’ll post more details and some sample pages of the book soon.
Wednesday 5 September 2018, 5.15 for 5.30pm
Conference Room, free (includes refreshments) Bookings essential
Book here: https://www.nla.gov.au/event/re-imagining-australian-mammals or phone 02 6262 1111
“Inhabiting the Woodlands” is now open at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery and continues until 13 October 2018. Also on show are works by Shags, “Action Painting” and
Two events are coming up at the gallery:
1-2 pm, Friday 7 September: Artist talks
1-2 pm, Friday 21 September: Art-Science discussion panel with myself and woodland ecologists Dr Sue McIntyre and Belinda Wilson
This image is the result of a collaboration between myself and ecologist David Freudenberger. David was inspired by the photographs of American prairie grass roots, with 8-14 feet of roots(!!). For example,
David had seen similar photographs unfurled across the front of a lecture theatre during an ecology conference, and wanted to initiate similar imagery of Australian native grass roots, which like the prairie grasses, play a key role in the interface between soil, leaf litter and plant.
For our project, David and I dug up the native grass “Themeda australis” (Kangaroo Grass) from my property at Wamboin NSW, and placed these alongside wildflowers, smaller grasses and leaf litter. We wanted to provide both scale and show some of the grassy woodland diversity. In washing the dirt from the Kangaroo Grass roots we lost most of the small fibrous roots, which in hindsight was unsurprising given the b-horizon at my place is a very heavy clay! We may have another attempt, but grow the grass in sand.
This photograph, accompanied by David Freudenberger’s essay, “A Damaged Land Deserving Repair”, was undertaken for the Australian exhibit at the Biennale Architettura 2018. If you want to read more, here’s the reference to the publication:
Baracco, M. and Wright, L. (Eds.) (2018). “Repair: Architecture Actively Engaging with the Repair of the Places it is Part of”. Australian Pavilion, Biennale Architettura 2018.
Australian Institute of Architects, Melbourne and Actar Publishes, New York.