“It is in vain to dream of a wildness distant from ourselves. There is none such.” Henry Thoreau

All gardens are artificial constructs. English gardens cultivated in Australia in part represent a nostalgia for a distant homeland, creating traditional picturesque spaces that involve taming bush landscapes. Australian explorers and settlers witnessed Indigenous farming and gardening techniques, however dismissed this embedded knowledge as it did not serve a colonial agenda.

This exhibition, in part, traces Charles Sturt's 1844-46 search for an inland sea, whereby he transported a boat and two sailors into the Australian desert. Observing outback gardens and plants demands a reassessment of plant-human relations, acknowledgement of climate change as well as a development of chlorophilia - a love for plants. To foster deeper connections with plants and each other, we might pause to cultivate care.

IMAGE: Heather Hesterman. Mobile garden, 2019. Digital print. Image courtesy of the artist


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