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And can all the flowers talk?
August 7, 2017 - September 1, 2017
“Alice was so astonished… ‘And can all the flowers talk?’
‘As well as you can,’ said the Tiger-lily, ‘and a great deal louder.’”
Extract taken from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
Painted as a Baroque-style bouquet, Anastazja depicts Australian native flora and fauna as symbols of cultural exploration, pride and beauty. Anastazja’s painting draws on traditional European painting techniques to express Australian identity, demonstrating that culture is not singular. Her work explores the interrelationship between different cultures, and the importance of accepting and appreciating cultural diversity. This is illustrated in And can all the flowers talk?, as the mass of flowers find their grace through unity.
As part of her work, Anastazja has also created a site specific work on the West Board of the Outdoor Gallery, expanding on the idea of cultural identity in response to the recent Van Gogh exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria.
Image courtesy of the artist, Anastazja Harding, And can all the flowers talk?, detail, 2017