25 February – 16 April 2017 | Gallery1
Voyages Botanical is artist Christine Johnson’s tribute to the untamed treasures of Australia’s vast native flower garden. It is indeed a voyage: through rare and wonderful landscapes, but also through our botanical heritage and history.
Inspired by the artists time as a Creative Fellow at the State Library of Victoria, Johnson’s research drew on the library’s collection of rare books of botanical illustration taking her back to the pioneering work of early botanical artists including Sydney Parkinson, Pierre-Joseph Redouté and Ferdinand Bauer. This was the beginning of Johnson’s own creative journey that at once honours our past, present and future.
image: Christine JOHNSON, Desert rose, solar-plate engraving, 56 x 47 cm, 2012.