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"Maslow's Flowers" @ HARVEY GALLERIES, 23 November - 2 December, 2018
Adaptation, conflict and cooperation are themes I’ve explored through my work in recent years. Usually when I scratch the surface in a new area of interest, I find the same adeptness to adaptation that is in us, is often key to flourishing on this planet. And while the majority of my work draws from the natural world, I’ve never explored the floral side before.
In researching for this show, my appreciation for flowers grew as I quickly found that they are not just pretty things to have in the background, but rather at the forefront of adaptation. They have a level of power that I never recognised before, appealing to us in each stage of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
From the flowers of the Fertile Crescent, which fed and clothed us, to beautifying our nests, attracting a mate, or for respect, and even inspiring us in art. Flowers have inserted themselves into every aspect of our lives, thus insuring their survival.
So in this world where animals are increasingly put on endangered lists, flowers are a section of a chain that if broken, will cause chaos. And if the past is a guide for the future, the continuation of humans on this planet is going to be inextricably linked to the survival of flowers.
- Datsun Tran
BORN 1961, Lansing, Michigan USA STUDIES Lansing Community College Lansing, Michigan Pictorial Billboard Painter Jackson, Michigan Studied Lithography with Stephen Britko Santa Fe, New Mexico Artist Statement You know, I … read more →
BORN Newcastle 1980. EDUCATION Attended school till year 12 at Newcastle Waldorf School Commenced Bachelor of Fine Art 2001 – Awarded First Class Honours and Faculty medal in Fine Art … read more →
Born in Beijing, China in 1953, Zhao emigrated to Australia in October 2001. He was a Professor at the Capital Normal University in Beijing. His work was seen in the … read more →
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