Making nature: extinct Tasmanian plants

Glade-Wright, Robyn (2006) Making nature: extinct Tasmanian plants.

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Abstract

The capacity of art to communicate my concern regarding the extinction of plant life in Tasmania is the subject of my investigation. Extinct plants distill and foreshadow my broader concerns for the future of all living entities. The plants that are lost due to extinction are often the silent victims of our land use practices.

Making nature: Extinct Tasmanian plants, is an installation of art works that commemorate the extinction of twenty two Tasmanian plants. The art works take the form of embroidered wreaths, funeral urns and a memorial board.

My aim in creating the art work is to encourage reflection regarding the role that members of our society have played in the loss of these plants. We may unwittingly be contributing to extinction and thereby 'making nature' in the process.

Research Statement

Research Background The capacity of art to communicate my concern regarding the extinction of plant life in Tasmania is the subject of my investigation. Extinct plants distill and foreshadow my broader concerns for the future of all living entities. The plants that are lost due to extinction are often the silent victims of our land use practices. Making nature: Extinct Tasmanian plants, is an installation of art works that commemorate the extinction of twenty two Tasmanian plants. The art works take the form of embroidered wreaths, funeral urns and a memorial board.
Research Contribution My aim in creating the art work is to encourage reflection regarding the role that members of our society have played in the loss of these plants. We may unwittingly be contributing to extinction and thereby 'making nature' in the process. This body of work investigated the capacity of visual art to communicate concerns about the loss of plant species due to extinction. The ability of visual art to encourage reflection amongst viewers of the was tested in this work.
Research Significance The body of work was shown to be significant because it was selected for a further exhibition in the Artisan Gallery, Queensland. Three pieces of work from the show were selected for the Momentum, 18th Tamworth Fibre Textile Biennial, National Touring Exhibition which toured to ten regional art galleries. A piece of work from the exhibition was purchased by the Tamworth Regional Art Gallery.
Item ID: 19282
Show/Exhibition: Making nature: extinct Tasmanian plants
University of Tasmania
August 2006
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Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2013 02:03
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190502 Fine Arts (incl Sculpture and Painting) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) @ 100%
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