After the Archive: Park Life | Amanda Johnson
Address: 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000
Date: 16/07/2019 - 10/08/2019
Time: Tuesday to Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday 11am-3pm
Parks and gardens were quickly established in Australian colonies to celebrate settlement. The rise of botanical scientific collections and the global exchange of exotic plant species and cultivars predates and supports the emergence of formal Australian parks. Colonial documentors of flora and fauna assumed that their subjects would endure in perpetuity; naturalists, artists and voyagers were also enamoured of glimpses of what they perceived to be ‘gentlemen’s parks’, mistakenly believing tracts of land were devoid of Indigenous inhabitants.
Drawing on field trips to botanic gardens and national park sites, these paintings offer correctives to these views, re-thinking early botanical empire building, or colonisation by seed. The images question the imposition of European park templates, evoking the problematic ecological impacts of colonisation upon country and land.