Sydney Art Exhibition – Preserving the Botanic World in Porcelain

February 10th, 2012



Helen Earl, 2011 Artist in Residence at the Royal Botanic Gardens, working in ceramics and mixed media, has created a narrative of works that depict the Garden in its complexities

  • Friday 10  February – Thursday 23 March 2012 – 10 am – 4 pm Weekdays only
  • Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Red Box Gallery, National Herbarium of NSW, enter via reception on Mrs Macquaries Rd
  • Free

2011 Artist in Residence at the Garden, Helen Earl, a visual artist working in ceramics and mixed media, has created a narrative of works that depict the Garden in its complexities like no other. Helen’s exhibition entitled, Cultivate opens Friday 10 February and runs until Thursday 23 March (details below).

Helen Earl said the residency at the Garden offered her a chance to get more involved with the scientific community and to explore the interrelationship between lived experience of the Gardens and scientific narratives of the natural environment.

Helen Earl added “I wanted to create ceramic works that interconnected stories of The Gardens we all know and love with the work undertaken in the scientific institution, the National Herbarium of NSW. My work is a poetic response to place and scientific institution inviting Sydneysiders and visitors to reflect on the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust’s goal ‘to inspire the appreciation and conservation of plants.”

“The Trust does a lot of important work on plants around the world.  In a project involving the Trust’s Dr George Orel, a species of sub tropical Camellia thought to be extinct was rediscovered in a jungle area of South Vietnam. This jungle area was not sprayed with Agent Orange during the war because it was in an area American officers went for recreational leave thus preserving its biodiversity. Tropical camellia flowers are rich and luscious and look different to the temperate species of Camellias growing in the Camellia Garden at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden. Of course more different again are the flowers of Camellia sinensis, the tea plant. The ceramic sculptural installation, From Jungle to Teacup weaves a story of the Camellia using porcelain cups, flowers, hundreds of leaves and a wooden chair with a clay grass seat in order to suggest the interconnection between daily life in the Garden with the macrocosm of the world beyond.

Enquiries: 9231 8331
Ceramic works will be for sale at the Cultivate exhibition.

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