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Entwined at State Library of Queensland

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by Marina Marangos (subscribe)
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Weaving it in

I am using two of my own photos from a recent trip to Tamborine Mountain to illustrate two things - how we are entwined with nature and how attached we are to it - and this little but significant exhibition at the State Library sets out to show exactly how true this is. If you are interested in nature and its significance as well as the way we relate to it and record it, this one is for you.

Pause, breathe and notice the complexity and beauty of plants.


The exhibition sets out to explore relationships we have with plants and it captures this in a historical context, starting with beautiful botanic art from early explorers and moving into the more interactive films and displays.
Weaving it in
Weaving it in

It is amazing to see the precise botanical drawings of Ellis Rowan, who was a botanical illustrator. Luckily for us, the Australian Government bought 900 of her drawings in 1920.
One of the botanical drawings
One of the botanical drawings

Read about the fascinating story of Sydney Parkinson and his botanical drawings aboard the Endeavour. Marvel at some of the works displayed.
One of the drawings
One of the drawings

Find out how botanical books and magazine became popular and enjoy looking at some of the earlier examples of them.
A fern from Cooktown 1883

And then we have the wonderful poetry of Judith Wright and Ellen Van Neerven to complete that connectivity and relevance of nature in our lives. They speak loudly and clearly to its significance.

Flame Tree

Sacred Ground beating Heart

It is an interesting insight into how our lives are entwined and sometimes defined by our interactions with nature. Mine certainly are - are yours?

Highlights include:

Joseph Banks' Florilegium and the works of Ferdinand Bauer.

Man & Wah's immersive videography and Donna Davis' creative plant displacements.

The rare and unique  Queensland Nineteenth Century Fern Album 1883-1884.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditional knowledge of plants as technology in Bicornual baskets, Wujal Wujal mullet spear making and Kowanyama basket making.

Enjoy in-person tours of the exhibition to deepen your connection to plants.

Join a workshop or talking event to continue the broader conversation of plants and people.

Curator's tours | Free

Wed 14 Jul | 5:306:15pm
Wed 11 Aug | 1111:45am
Wed 8 Sep | 1111:45am
Wed 6 Oct |1111:45am
Wed 3 Nov | 5:306:15pm
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Why? simple and graphic exhibition connecting us to nature
When: 12th June to 14th November 2021.
Phone: (07) 3840 7666
Where: State Library Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Bank South Brisbane,
Cost: Free
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