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ENTWINED | Plants and People

State Library Queensland

Man&Wah was invited by The State Library of Queensland to create a series of transformative works which reinterpreted the Australia flora and explored the connections between plants and the human experience. The result was a series of large scale photographic print works, a large scale three channel audio/video projection - displayed on three large scale purpose built hanging perspex glass screens, and a series of sandscape installations produced monthly over a 6 month period. These artworks were displayed along side the SLQ nature historical collection.

Through the duration of the exhibition Man&Wah held a series of immersive events in collaboration with sound healer/musician Clara Durbidge. This immersive experience combined guided mediation, music and visuals - inviting the audiences to dive deeper into their connection with nature through a cosmos context. Man&Wah also created a collection of custom designed merchandise inspired by the exhibition works for the SLQ gift shop.

(Top images) Various selected screen shots from the Entwined video works with the kangaroo flower metamorphosising

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The lives of plants and people are inextricably entwined. Curiosity, greed and intimate connection lie within out passionate and destructive relationship with the plant world. The shapes and colours o pants drives our sense of harmony and beauty. They are healers of both mind and body, providers of food, shelter, and the air we breathe.

Without them, endlessly creating and re-creating our world, we can’t survive.
Pause, breath, and notice the complexity and beauty of plants
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Text by Joan Bruce | Specialist Librarian - State Library of Queensland  

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2021 Quantum Metamorphosis – Glory Vine series

Digital print, archival ink on photo rag pearl paper -100cm x 150cm

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2021 Quantum Metamorphosis – Banksia series

Digital print, archival ink on photo rag pearl paper - 100cm x 150cm

(Top) Flame coral tree (Erythrina coralloides), 2020   20cm x 120cm. Metallic digital print

(Top left) Series 4 - Interconnectedness 10, 2020   100cm x 150cm. Metallic digital print.  Planetary graphics (top to bottom): Saturn – NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute, NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS, NASA/JPL, NASA/SDO

(Top right) Series 4 - Interconnectedness 11, 2020   100cm x 150cm   Metallic digital print.  Planetary graphics (top to bottom): University of Arizona / LPL, NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington, ESA/Hubble, NASA, ESA, and E. Karkoschka (University of Arizona), NASA , ESA/Hubble & NASA, L. Lamy / Observatoire de Paris, NASA/JPL

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