Collecting Seeds I, graphite and watercolour

Lord, Anne (2010) Collecting Seeds I, graphite and watercolour. [Image]

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Abstract

Collecting Seeds I is artist Anne Lord's response to the theme to present work as one of six artists who had traveled to Red Gate Studio to produce artwork in China. Lord's concepts relate to investigating similarities and differences between the flora and produce in China and Australia.

Research Statement

Research Background Lord's 2010 reflections on 2003 in China relate to her first week, involving train travel through the country from Hong Kong to Shanghai. This journey went from the urban to the rural and then into a huge cosmopolitan train station. During the rural section of this trip she saw buffaloes being led through fields and people planting rice or tending vegetables. The images are the basis of the new work for the exhibition 'Red Gate Studio to Umbrella Studio'. Lord was the first of six artists from Townsville who traveled to Red Gate Studio, Bei Gao Beijing, China.
Research Contribution I collect seeds from my vegetable garden in Townsville, encouraged by the small contribution to biodiversity and growing our own food. Some seeds are from Asian greens and others from local herbs. The indigenous taro or sweet potato is propagated for the garden. Plants gathered from supermarket vegetable sections and plant shops are trialed in the garden. The tending of them is the basis of my drawings and watercolours. The works for this exhibition are a tribute to people who cultivate plants. It encompasses respect for Chinese cultivation.
Research Significance My images of patterns and plants, local and introduced involve mixed signs from two cultures, including the rural and the urban where creativity intersects. In contrast to overseas travel, the observation of subtle and humble activities, such as gardening leads to new ideas. Topics for tending and harvesting are universal and yet have origins in the local with implications beyond a region.
Item ID: 19839
Item Type: Image
Keywords: visual art and cultivation, biodiversity, watercolour
Additional Information:

This work was featured in the exhibition 'Red Gate Studio to Umbrella Studio' at Umbrella Studio 482 Flinders Street Townsville, QLD 4810 PO Box 2394 Australia from 29 January - 7 March 2010. The exhibition and artist information are available from the Related URLs field.

Media of Output: watercolour on textured paper
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Funders: Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2012 00:12
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) @ 100%
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