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Lotus by South Australian artist Catherine Truman 

ARTIST STATEMENT:

The Nelumbo Lotus Pond in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens draws people from all walks of life, watching for when the fresh electric green leaves unfurl and the exquisite pink buds rise from the dark muddy bed of tangled stems, spent pods and collapsed foliage. What a metamorphosis. A time when you can witness that beauty emerges from even the darkest of places. It is said that the Lotus needs to sleep in a bed of mud in order to rise afresh every day. We have much to learn from plants.

In 2019, I was concurrently artist in residence in the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium of South Australia and the Ophthalmic Imaging Unit at Flinders Vision Clinic comparing the structures of the human eye with those of plants. There are some surprising parallels; both have photosynthetic cells; there are significant resemblances in the vascular and neural systems and both need light to function.

This work is called Lotus. The leaves are thermoplastic, embedded with photoluminescent powder so that they glow in the dark. They are cast impressions made from moulds of Sacred Lotus leaves collected from The Nelumbo Lotus Pond during my residency.

I have always felt that pathos goes hand in hand with beauty, it always seems transitory and impossibly fragile. We gather plants fresh from the garden so that we may bring them up close, so that we may somehow own them for a time. However, of course, this speeds their disintegration. There is always a price.”

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Catherine Truman is an established artist working across the disciplines of art and science. She is co-founder and current partner of Gray Street Workshop- an internationally renowned artist-run workshop established in 1985 in Adelaide, South Australia, where she currently works and lives.

Truman’s practice is renowned for its diversity and incorporates contemporary jewellery, objects, digital image and film installation with a focus upon the parallels between artistic process and scientific method.

ABOUT GRAY STREET WORKSHOP: 

Established in 1985, by Anne Brennan, Catherine Truman and Sue Lorraine, Gray Street Workshop is a collectively run studio and access facility for artists working in the field of contemporary jewellery and object making. The uncompromising commitment of this group of artists to their work and to a studio-based practice has enabled Gray Street to evolve into one of Australia's most exciting and respected workshops.

THIS PIECE IS PART OF THE EXHIBITION 'THE WONDER OF THINGS HELD’

THE EXHIBITION RUNS UNTIL APRIL 16th, 2024. ANY SOLD WORK WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION OR DELIVERY IN THE WEEKS FOLLOWING THIS DATE.

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PRODUCT DETAILS:

Dimensions: 800 x 800 x 1000mm
Materials: Thermoplastic, rust-coloured ink, photoluminescent powder, a single crystal-cut aquamarine stone tear and ceramic vase by Stephanie James Manttan

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Handmade in Australia.