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Penelope Aitken, Nearshore, 2016, oil on board, dimensions variable
The Botanic Garden
An homage to botanic gardens: local and international, real and imagined Penelope Aitken, Atticus Bastow, Sarah Edwards, Anne Middleton & Andrew Seward
The Botanic Garden pays homage to the work of the scientific and artistic community who are dedicated to the collection, cultivation and display of a wide range of plants.
Penelope Aitken has created a personal cosmos using Hormosira banksii – a seaweed indigenous to Port Phillip Bay.
Atticus Bastow has sampled water from this underwater garden and presents it in vials for conceptual analysis.
Inspired by St Kilda's Botanic Gardens in Blessington Street, Sarah Edwards has crafted 72 acetate tags etched with the names of the Garden's representative indigenous plants that were once endemic to the local landscape.
Anne Middleton depicts blooms from her Spring-time walks around the local area amongst which birds from the zoological gardens in London are nestled.
Andrew Seward has bound 3 folios of nature prints that he has created from the leaves he collected in Botanic Gardens from various parts of the world.
Sarah Edwards wishes to acknowledge the financial support from RMIT University where she is undertaking a PhD in the School of Art.