This Friday sees the opening of “Flora”, an exhibition with painter Scott Hartshorne, where Kangaroo Island’s plants will take centre stage. For the third time we’ll transform Mrs Valentine’s Cottage, one of the oldest buildings on the island. The tiny cottage overlooks the sea and was built from local limestone by Sea Captain Valentine for his wife Emily, a dressmaker. It then went on to be used as a store, a butcher shop, a post office, a blacksmith shop, a dwelling for a family (with six children!) and the holiday house of Justice Zelling. Now it sits empty, except when it’s used as a temporary exhibition space. Having never been renovated, it clearly shows its age – if the walls could speak!
Yet the ecological antiquity of the plants we will display is even more impressive. Their ancient lineage goes back millennia and we think their success should be celebrated.
Coastal White Mallee (Eucalyptus diversifolia) leaves, patterned by lerp insects, linen thread and bookbinder’s gum on paper
150 x 150 cm framed
Framed in white moulding, with internal side spacers, perspex and hangers
SOLD – Private collector, London, UK
Detail image below:
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