There is a beautiful wattle tree, 2018
Hand cut papers, synthetic polymer paint and wood ash, on Awagami paper with gesso and inkjet-printed quote.
Paper size: 42 x 52cm
Photo: Carl Warner. Courtesy of the artist and Onespace Gallery.
During residency at Youkobo Art Space Tokyo in 2017, I had open studio for five days. Over tea I conversed with visitors and asked them to complete a short questionnaire. Two questions asked for a description of their garden if they had one, or green space they visit if not; and values they felt plants contribute in their everyday lives. When I returned home I asked friends to complete the same questionnaire. I was interested to see similarities and differences in response – to form a cultural exchange or conversation about what green space and plants mean to us.
This quote from a Gold Coast resident reflects on access to public green space.
“I miss gardening, I wasn’t a good or consistent gardener, but it is nice to tend to something and keep it growing… Where I go to Currumbin Creek, there is a beautiful wattle tree that brings in the King Parrots and Black Cockatoos, so I love the different animal life they attract.”