Voyages Botanical | Christine Johnson
John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery
An exhibition inspired by the artist’s Creative Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria. Johnson’s research,which drew on the library’s collection of rare books of botanical illustration, took her back to the pioneering work of early botanical artists including Sydney Parkinson, Pierre-Joseph Redouté and Ferdinand Bauer and was the beginning of her own creative journey. She tells the story of these early years of the exploration of Australia – embellishing it by blending art with science, cartography and facsimiles of writings from the explorers’ journals. Johnson creates delicate and beautifully-realised solar plate engravings of wildflowers – powerful symbols of the vulnerability and fragility of Australia’s natural environment and heritage.
Christine Johnson | Chorizema illicifolia 2015 | Solar-plate engraving | 56cm x 47cm
Thirteen Years in Review – An exhibition of paintings and drawings | Kerryn Rabone
Curved Wall, Foyer and John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery
A retrospective of the work of Kerryn Rabone ranging from high school, through university to work she has completed recently in the midst of a busy life filed with the joys of family, work and interests.
Kerryn Rabone | A little rusty 2017 | Ink and watercolour