Elizabeth van Herwaarden: Sentinel Island Project

“The interconnectedness of all things on Earth means that everything we do has consequences that reverberate through the systems of which we are a part.” The Sacred Balance, David Suzuki, Allen and Unwin, 1999, p.102

Art Exhibition previously on at Bus Projects in Australia.
From Tuesday 19 April 2011 to Friday 06 May 2011
Launch Tuesday 19 April 2011, 6pm - 8pm

‘Sentinel Island Project’ image

Published by anonymous on Saturday 16 April 2011.
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In January 2011, I spent 7 days on an uninhabited Island in Bass Strait. On this 25 acres of rocks, tussocks and herbs, one small hut and a water tank, I set about documenting the flora of Sentinel Island. There are 34 different species according to One Hundred Islands: The Flora of the Outer Furneaux, Harris, Buchanan, Connolly, Tasmanian Government, 2001

Pseudognaphalium luteoalbum (jersey cudweed) is a medicinal herb that the Aborigines used to make a drink for treating illness. It is native to Australia, New Zealand and Europe. It was the last species I documented on the Island and there was only one specimen; this one small plant in amongst all these other species. When I returned to Williamstown I discovered this same species growing from a crack out the side of Sirens Restaurant.

The interconnectedness and interdependence of all life underpins my art practice. I work with food, mould and living things. I completed a Bachelor of Fine Art-Painting, Victorian College Of The Arts, 1993-1995. After completing a Master of Visual Art, Victorian College of the Arts, 2006, I became very interested in Art and Science collaborations. I did a workshop with SymbioticA, based at the University of Western Australia. This led me to studying science subjects at Melbourne University. Genetics and the Evolution of Life, Biology Melb. Uni. 2008, Cells and other organisms, Biology Melb. Uni. 2009 Natural Environments, Melb. Uni. 2011