Medicinal Plant Cycles-Melbourne

Melbourne City Library

Foyer Projections, City Library, 253 Flinders Lane

Medicinal Plant Cycles

Dates: 2 - 29 August

Medicinal Plant Cycles time-lapse videos of healing plants from Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) are created by the biochrome process based on fusion of organic and photographic materials. The videos present the blossoming and movement of fungi and microbes by allowing the plants to transform through the bacterial micro-organic activities that are part of cyclic decay and regeneration. The work refers to plant cycles, cycles of decay and renewal, the cycle of passing on knowledge, the cycle of time, seasons, and the constant flux of natural processes.

Medicinal Plant Cycles draws on natural science, experimental photographic processes, and extensive consultations and discussions with members of the Quandamooka community of Minjerribah. Through this work, I hope to reveal a beauty in decomposition and raise notions of transformative cycles. This focus on Minjerribah medicinal plants aims to promote the recognition, appreciation, and value of local medicinal plants in the context of Aboriginal knowledge and natural science.

Biochrome time-lapse video details, and artist talk with Vanessa Tomlinson, by Panoptic Press on YouTube (as on About Artist page):

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