Ilan Garland
Brian Robinson

Plant life, particularly flowering plants promote serenity, beauty and spiritual wellbeing. For many people, being in nature and interacting with the natural world, brings a sense of peace, tranquility , and feelings of connectednesswith self, others and a higher power. Land cultivation and gardening was one of the pivotal daily activities across the Torres Strait as it provided a staple food source (apart from fish and shellfish) for each community, as well as vibrantly coloured, wild garlands which adorned feasting tables and mats. One particular flowering plant, the hibiscus was used not only as adornment but also announced, when worn in the hair by women, if she was married or single. The timber of this bush, especially beach hibiscus was also used for carving.

This work is a Gobo light projection created from Lino Cut print on paper, and was installed in 2016. 

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