Sharon Field

From the Red Heart

Australian National Herbarium and National Seed Bank
7 September to 9 October, 2016

A joint exhibition by Sharon Field (painter) and Cathy Franzi (Ceramicist) at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra.

Based around rigorous research of the living plants in the Red Centre Garden, this exhibition drew directly on plant and seed specimens held in the Australian National Herbarium and National Seed Bank. The artists examined seed specimens from the Simpson Desert collected by Dr Rosemary Purdie under the Nikon microscope and studied dried specimens held by the Herbarium.

The concept for this exhibition originated in the ANBG’s vision for the new Red Centre Garden, to inspire appreciation of Australia’s unique desert plants and landscapes. Visual art can provide a complementary viewpoint, and can help spark an awareness of both adults and children in the wonder, the beauty of and tragedies facing our natural environment.

The Australian environment is unique and the Red Centre is a place that captures people’s imagination – for its remoteness, harshness, fragility and brilliant colour. We draw on the red heart as a repository of unique plants, whilst recognising that it is a work of art in its own right.

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