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No Need for Water


Tue 1 Apr 2014, 9:00am–9:00pm
Wed 2 Apr 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Thu 3 Apr 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Fri 4 Apr 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Sat 5 Apr 2014, 9:00am–12:00pm

Where: Hocken Collections, 90 Anzac Ave, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

Zina Swanson’s latest works reveal how anthropomorphism shapes human perceptions of the plant world.

Her sculptural installations, which often combine organic materials and manufactured goods, highlight an array of products designed to aid gardening or enhance domestic décor. Her works, which also include watercolour paintings, explore the incessant human desire to control and imitate Nature.

Her oblique pairing of natural and artificial phenomena reveals the interdependence of plants and humans and points to their ultimate incompatibility. Swanson’s art references specific plants that are enveloped in cultural myths or misunderstandings and delves into a realm of unconventional scientific experimentation that includes alchemy, lie detection-tests and hypnosis. The exhibition’s title ‘No Need For Water’, stems from the common misconception that the unusual air plant (Tillandsias), an indoor plant which does not require a pot, has no need for water.

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