We are pleased to announce the two artists undertaking The Collections Project with the Botanic Gardens of South Australia in 2017 are Michelle Kelly and Liz Williams.
The Collections Project 2017 is a collaborative project between Guildhouse and the Botanic Gardens of South Australia, with previous project partners including the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Adelaide City Council and the South Australian Museum. This unique project provides artists the opportunity to research an area of one of the institution’s collections and develop new work for exhibition. Championing the art and artists of our time while celebrating our cultural, historic and scientific heritage, The Collections Project has the demonstrated ability to provide new audience experiences while delivering long-term benefits to the artistic and career development of participating artists.
In 2017 outcomes will be exhibited at the Santos Museum of Economic Botany and a catalogue of up to 16 pages will be produced to accompany the exhibition. 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. Kelly and Williams will not only have access to this collection but also the Garden’s living collection, library & State Herbarium.
We look forward to bringing you the outcomes of The Collections Project 2017 later in the year.
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 will focus on research of the collections at the South Australian Herbarium.
Image: Glossy Brown Bracket Fungi (detail), 2015, patinated cast bronze, 2400mm x 1200mm. Image courtesy the artist.
Ceramicist Liz Williams uses the traditional and time-honoured method of coiling to create elegantly stylised figures. Her craftsmanship and fine attention to detail is evident in their highly considered finish and resoundingly handmade qualities. Williams’ influences range from an interest in magic realism and surrealism, inspired after time spent in Spain and Mexico, and a passion for the simplicity of Korean and Japanese ceramics. More recently, botanic imagery has become part of her expression.
Williams’ research will focus on the conceptual and decorative potential of the natural world within the collections of the Botanic Gardens.