The study and representation of Australian native plants is a central subject for Julie Hickson. Through her work these forms are evolving into abstracted, stylised designs.
Through research of Australian botanic forms, Julie has become increasingly interested in the morphology of these plants. From seed, to plant, to bud, to flower and pod - this progression always captivates and tells a story about the plant and the land from which it comes.
This interest led her to The Australian Botanic Garden at Mt Annan. Having a residency at the Australian PlantBank this year has allowed Julie to survey these forms on another level - quite literally. Studying seed pods and other plant material under the microscope and through the x-ray reveals a new perspective.
Having this opportunity has been an education - and reinforced the awareness that the plant diversity on this continent is vast and unique in the world - while encroaching development has done so much in our short tenure to threaten this.
The new work centres around the patterns, lines and structures within the plant forms - getting closer and surveying the hidden landscapes within. The deeper one goes the more complex and abstract they become. It is as if the artist is coaxing the plants to give up their secrets.
The exhibition is at the Australian PlantBank, Mt Annan Botanic Gardens, Narellan Rd Mount Annan. More information about the gardens here