Old Bones | Holly Story

Exhibition and Shows

6 Apr 2019 to 5 May 2019

In the upcoming exhibition Old Bones, shape-shifting banksia, artist Holly Story gives a personal perspective on the beauty of the plants, their meaning and the delicate future they hold in our landscapes.

Banksias are in the family Proteaceae, named – with a poetic turn of phrase – after Proteus the ancient Greek god of the sea waves. Proteus could foretell the future but tried to avoid this responsibility by always changing his form so he was almost impossible to pin down. Truly the Proteaceae do take many forms and the genera Banksia are no exception. They are shapeshifters, from tall littoralis to ground-hugging repens and very many of them only occur naturally in the South West of Australia, this home ground.

Old Bones – shapeshifting Banksias is the artist’s response to the Banksia species she knows best, B.grandis or Poolgarda, the Bull Banksia. Her intention is to honour its ancient place in this landscape, to imagine an uncanny side to its vegetable nature and so find a way to share it as the remarkable being that it truly is.


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Event Times

6 Apr 2019 to 5 May 2019

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