Mycology – the study of fungi, is the inspiration for Michelle’s work, consisting of jewellery, sculptures and installations made using traditional metalsmithing techniques and a variety of materials. Exploring size, form, colour and movement, her practice consists of multiple layers, just like the growth of fungi.
The State Herbarium has an amazing collection of preserved species of fungi spanning decades of collecting, identifying, preserving, documenting and mapping of fungi from South Australia. Michelle’s project focused on research of the collections at the South Australian Herbarium.
The Collections Project: Botanic Gardens of South Australia
The Collections Project 2017 at the Botanic Gardens of South Australia (BGSA) is a collaborative project between Guildhouse and the Botanic Gardens that provides artists with the opportunity to respond to the extensive collection of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and develop new work for exhibition at the Santos Museum of Economic Botany. Home to an amazing permanent collection, much of which dates back to the original museum display 130 years ago, the Santos Museum of Economic Botany is the last Museum of its kind in the world. Artists working with BGSA will not only have access to this collection but also the Garden’s living collection, library & State Herbarium.
Image: Michelle Kelly, Growth (detail), 2017, Stainless Steel, 2000mm x 830mm x 550mm. Photograph Grant Hancock