Natural Wonder: Documenting the World Around Us
Natural Wonder: Documenting the World Around Us features the work of Maxie Ashton, Christopher Houghton, Bernadette Klavins, and Ellen Portell. Through their art, the exhibition brings observations, contemplations, and the natural world into the hospital space. The exhibition aims to inspire you to pay closer attention to your environment and the wonders to be found there. These four artists are united in the focused attention they give to their ecological subject matter and their desire to document the natural world. Drawings of flora and fauna and landscape sketches have played a major role in the history of visual arts in Australia. The artists in Natural Wonder show a contemporary approach to this theme and utilise botanical, zoological, and geological imagery to convey broader ideas and sentiments. Through their work, the artists return to the focused attention and sense of wonder that children experience when discovering the world around them for the first time. The exhibition invites the viewer to do the same and look a little closer or listen a little harder and rediscovery their sense of natural wonder.
Natural Wonder was curated by Saskia Scott as part of the 2016/2017 Arts in Health Gallery Mentorship, supported by the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation in partnership with the Helpmann Academy.
The Exhibition was on display in Gallery A at the Women's and Children's Hospital from May to July 2017.
For more information on the exhibition and the artists please see the Exhibition Catalogue.
For reflections on curating in a health care context please see this article.