AUD $ 4,500
Oil painting on canvas with papier-mâché + timber frame
81cm H x 80cm W
Laura Patterson’s current body of work, Pteridomania, emerged as a response to the 2019/2020 Australian bushfires. As whole ecosystems burn, will the landscapes we once previously enjoyed so freely become rare and unusual? Could the pockets of remaining natural splendour take on a coveted and prized status? Would these pristine specimens of our fertile past become walled in and caged off, protected from disease and pests for posterity? This possible elevation of select elements of the natural environment presents an intriguing mirroring of the fern craze (Pteridomania) of the Victorian era.
The duality of this series presents moments of our natural landscapes, housed within elaborate framing devices. Ratherthan select specimens being taken from their ecosystem and cultivated within manmade glasshouses, these landscapes and frames exist symbiotically. The frame touches on the historical link between these landscapes and the architecture that was created to house and transport them while the landscapes can be enjoyed in their natural state – unedited and undisturbed.
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