Glowing art a feast for the eyes

Glowing, botanically-inspired art that was partly inspired by an artist residency at Flinders University is the subject of a fascinating Adelaide Festival exhibition currently showing at Adelaide Botanic Garden.

Renowned South Australian artist Catherine Truman explores the impact of light on human vision and the growth of plants in her exhibition Shared Reckonings – an event created after two concurrent residencies at the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium, and the Flinders Centre for Ophthalmology at Flinders University.

Truman’s exhibition combines thermoplastics and photo-luminescent powders with exquisite, thought-provoking results.

Truman’s works have been influenced by powerful themes: the catastrophic bushfires that swept the country last summer, climate change-induced biodiversity loss, and the global pandemic.

“The entire body of work was made during extraordinary times. The solitude of making under these bizarre circumstances of course had a major impact of all aspects of this exhibition,” says Truman.

Displayed in the Santos Museum of Economic Botany and the Deadhouse within Adelaide Botanic Garden, the Shared Reckonings exhibition comprises five installations and eight experimental films.

The Shared Reckonings exhibition, at the Santos Museum of Economic Botany and the Deadhouse, is open between 10 and 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday, until May 2. Entry is free.

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