29 March, 2007

Replant: a new generation of botanical art

Replant: a new generation of botanical art

View the Replant artwork

The idea for Replant germinated during a conversation with the Director of the Northern Territory Herbarium in 2003. Dr Greg Leach spoke about cross-cultural and interdisciplinary research being undertaken at the Herbarium. The idea struck a chord and in March 2006 an eclectic group of artists, a botanist, printmakers and a photographer gathered together at Nauiyu on the Daly River with traditional knowledge custodians to share observations, knowledge, ideas and culture and make art.


Basil Hall and Jo Diggins from Basil Hall Editions in Darwin established a temporary studio at Merrepen Art Centre and set about facilitating the printmaking workshop. A creative and productive collaboration soon developed as artist came and went from field to studio.

Some of the artists began with soft ground impressions of plant material while others worked directly onto the plates. The workshop was both highly organised and flexible. Plate sizes were set to create a unified format for the work while the etching process formed visual links between the contrasting artistic styles. Basil and Jo worked tirelessly with each artist through the process of evaluating options and developing ideas. During the second week the artists and printers returned to Basil Hall Editions in Darwin and set about resolving images and proofing the etchings.

By Angus Cameron October 2006

Coordinator of Replant and director of Nomad Art Productions in Darwin www.nomadart.com.au

Links for Replant artists and articles

judy wats
on out standing in her field

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