Medicinal Plant Cycles
Location: Gaffa Gallery, 281 Clarence St, Sydney NSW 2000
The work in this exhibition draws on natural science and extensive consultations and discussions with members of the Quandamooka community of Minjerribah/North Stradbroke Island.
Presented images of medicinal plants are based on the fusion of organic and photographic materials in a process of decomposition that artist/educator Renata Buziak calls the biochrome. Biochromes are generated by arranging plant samples on photographic emulsions, and allowing them to transform through the bacterial micro‐organic activities that are part of cyclic decay and regeneration. This process of developing images through decomposition led me to work with time lapse photography, which allows recording the blossoming and movement of fungi and microbes.
Audio recordings, accompanying the videos, are excerpts from recorded dialogues with several Quandamooka People. Renata acknowledges with deep appreciation their willingness to participate. The title of this exhibition refers to plant cycles, cycles of decay and renewal, the cycle of passing on knowledge, the cycle of time, seasons, and the constant flux of natural processes.
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Related link: ABC Gardening Australia – My Garden Path – Renata Buziak