In the Bag: is the grass greener?, 2015

MEDIUM clear plastic, water, stones, wire, timber, bamboo,
fibreglass rod and seeds
DIMENSIONS 700cm Ø

Twelve tall water filled plastic bags, supporting fine wire/bamboo ladders, stand proudly in a circle reminiscent to a prehistoric stone monument. Nature is tested by the germination of seeds within these controlled, greenhouse type conditions. Condensation forms and drips within the bags creating a ghostly presents to the work. The plants will grow or die during its display and its outcomes are inconclusive.

In the Bag: is the grass greener? is a contemporary interpretation of memorials and commemorative monuments. This historic site, now reclaimed by natural bushland, shows limited evidence of its past mining activities. It offers a most appropriate platform for discussions regarding the significance and the vulnerability of our most precious natural resource: water.
Through site-specific environmental installations I seek to challenge the predictability of expectations and ‘cultural homogeneity’. My art practice is inspired by the complexities, equilibrium and fragility of the natural environment and by the ways in which our manmade systems work within, or in opposition to, these natural systems. The focus of my practice is the concept of transition, including notions of unpredictability, vulnerability, deterioration and ephemerality. It is informed by issues relating to human ecology, cultural displacement, consumption and materialism.