A local artist’s work has been selected as part of the Botanical Art Worldwide exhibition. The work by Lochiel artist Marjorie Roche was included in Flora Australia: A Botanical Art Worldwide which was on display at Ainslie Arts Centre, Canberra.
For the first time ever, botanical art societies worldwide held a joint, synchronised exhibition linking people to plants through contemporary botanical art. The exhibition represented artists and plants of six continents by showcasing artworks of native flora from each of the 25 participating countries including Australia.
The works chosen for the exhibition had to feature plant species of Australia, the definition of which is “any wild plant indigenous to Australia, including natural hybrids, but excluding any cultivar, man-made hybrids, and naturalized exotics”.
Entries were solicited from botanical artists across Australia and eventually 109 works were chosen to hang in the exhibition. Marjorie’s work was a watercolour and graphite on paper entitled Hibbertia scandens Twining Guinea Flower and was printed in the catalogue for the Australian exhibition.
Jurors for the exhibition were renowned botanical artists Beverly Allen, Leonie Norton, and Jenny Phillips and botanists David Albrecht and Anna Monro.