“Discover the forces that have shaped Kyneton Botanic Gardens with a series of interactive artworks. Each work contributes to a narrative tracing the site’s deep-time transformation and investigates the geological, meteorological and astronomical events and human interventions that have symbiotically created the gardens. The works are divided into three acts, and can be experienced sequentially or autonomously.”
Native/Foreign is the first in this series of works, and uncovered some of the forces that have shaped Kyneton Botanic Gardens. The materials used to create the installation are distinctly tenuous. Coupled into pairs, they represented a focussed sample of the relationship between humans and nature in shaping place. Each were united by the Gardens, and the instrumental forces that have shaped it over space and time. Botanic and geologic specimens from the Gardens, together with products of economic botany such as spices and pigments created an interactive chart for the audience to explore, guided by the audio narrative.
Global/Universal was an interactive installation that transformed the interior of the existing caretaker’s cottage into an experimental lab. Projected light echoed the blue and red light currently growing edible plants on the International Space Station. Viewed through each cottage window it transformed, and played with the properties of light and the way we perceive colour to create illusions with form and text. The new frontier is Mars.
Jessie Stanley embraces the congruence of graphic design and visual art as platforms for sharing ideas and creating social connections. Through sculpture, typography, mapping, projection, and printed ephemera, Stanley creates experiences that at once ground you in the wonder of the here and now: while simultaneously expanding your perspective against the astronomical scale of the universe. Her works celebrate the fragility and impermanence of life, driven by historiographic research, and underpinned by scientific theory.
Stanley lives and works in Vaughan, central Victoria.
Kyneton Contemporary Inc gratefully acknowledges the support of Creative Victoria and the Macedon Ranges Shire Council for making this project possible. We are also grateful to the support of The Friends of the Kyneton Botanical Gardens.