Towards the Light - My Year in the Gardens
I approached my year as Artist-in-Residence at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens as that of a witness to the life in the Gardens. Most of the work was produced on location. I had the opportunity to closely observe changes on a daily basis. The growth and seasonal changes in plants, the effects of light and water and the general ambience that can be experienced by sitting in one spot for several hours or days, have informed all the resulting works.
The larger works were done with different gradations of black ink, using brushes, pens and twigs found on the spot.
Rather than just examining individual plants, I sought a more holistic experience exploring the interaction of many plants in a specific area. The Australian and exotic rainforest areas, Arid Garden, Cactus Garden and Waterlily Pond were particular areas of focus.