Flora Domestica – Jane Guthleben

10 Nov - 26 Nov 2017

Flora Domestica – Jane Guthleben

Unlike previous exhibitions, “Sum of its parts” features fragments of figures and faces as though they are too big to fit on the canvas. The portraits are bursting out from the restraints of the canvas edges. They don’t want to fit “inside the box”.

Exhibition Dates

  • November10
  • Opening night
  • November26
  • Exhibition ends

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Flora Domestica – Jane Guthleben

These works explore the often-overlooked role that the Australian bush plays in our national identity. Through a profusion of nuts, blooms and extravagant floral arrangements Jane Guthleben brings the landscape in, emphasising its untamabilty, coarseness and defiance that are at odds with the order and comfort of home. Prickly foliage, bulbous pods and Australiana contrast with drapery and domesticity in unlikely combinations that are as familiar as they are strange. Flora Domestica references the Golden Age of Dutch still life painting through composition, lighting, vanitas and the passing of time, and frames the bush through antipodean eyes. It points to the enduring problem of being a stranger in our landscape that is adored at a distance and yet more mysterious and foreign the closer we get. Guthleben grew up on a Victorian sheep farm and now lives in Sydney, close to the bush.

Jane Guthleben

Through still life paintings of Indigenous flowers, birds, and insects, Guthleben uses the traditions of vanitas and its messages of the transience of life to present a painted vernacular that spans humour, kitsch, historical and environmental themes.

Flora Domestica – Jane Guthleben

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