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Monday 06 February 2023

The Body Language of Plants

21 April 2023 - 28 May 2023

The Body Language of Plants

Claudine Marzik

Claudine Marzik, The Body Language Of Plants #6 (detail), 2022, Acrylic and oil crayon on paper, 49 x 37cm.

This body of work has been developed over the last two years as part of an ongoing series on paper. The series engages with existing histories and palimpsests from mounted plant specimens, collected and reworked by Claudine Marzik. The artist was inspired by her work as a volunteer at the Australian Tropical Herbarium at James Cook University in Cairns, remounting plant specimens which had been collected in the region around Weipa, Cape York Peninsular. The process required a careful removing of the plant material from the original backing sheets and a remounting onto museum-standard, archival sheets. The collected plant material had left imprints and shadows on the original paper as “faint memories of themselves”, which caught Marzik’s attention. The generosity of the team at the Herbarium enabled the artist to collect the original sheets and rework the inspiring originals into new works.

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