Memorial for Forgotten Plants Exhibition Space Residency at the Mill, Adelaide September - Novemeber 2018 From my initial research into the original flora of the western suburbs on the Adelaide Plains, I shifted my research and work on the Adelaide CBD area, which consists of a list of 86 plants. I created memorials for these plants that rarely exist in their natural environment; having been taken over by introduced species. These “memorials” have been depicted in the form of ink drawings, collected plant specimens and paper installations. I also invited participants, including children and other artists, to contribute to a wall of drawings depicting plants from this list of 86 plants. One collaborative piece involved Laura Wills and I creating a collaborative wall piece highlighting the chocolate lily (Arthropodium strictum). The work is about highlighting native plant conservation as well as mourning the loss of the original landscape that is no longer here.
The Mill's exhibition Space Residency program is presented in partnership with the City of Adelaide. The Program positions artistic process to the fore, allowing audiences direct access to creative research and making. During this residency The Exhibition Space operates with a studio-like mentality where knowledge arises through participation and experimentation.
'green waste' Of Obscured Significance, Murray Bridge Regional Gallery 29 August - 12 October 2014 "Returning to the most immediate of media, Louise Flaherty employs pencil in her suit of images to illustrate discreet bursts of the natural environment as it emanates from gardens, verges and even concrete, broken, abutted and weathered over time. In depicting leave, stems, branches and weeds, the artists dwells deliberately on nature as both object and essence, understanding its purity and foundation, and yet aware of its guided presence in the urban landscape. Though Flaherty is considerate of her surroundings and environment she is also critical of it. She ponders the preposterousness within endemic ideas of floral beauty and garden design that pervade suburban dwellings. Encapsulated here are concerns of environmental impact and sustainability as a result of introduced species to the detriment of native ones. The rose bush provided a palpable example. Rendered in isolation upon the page, her living objects are transformed from their natural setting into an artistic one. However, despite their shifting status from outdoors to studio, every line sketched and each shadow minutely deepened, continues to express the elemental. Flaherty’s musing about nature has magnified following time spent in the north of the country at Tennant Creek, where native flora beyond the immediate township appeared much more useful in terms of ecology. Her quiet intimate drawings reveal and renew connectivity with nature that need not be utopia, just genuine." Nerina Dent, catalogue essay for 'Of Obscured Significance'
'local edible' (pen & ink) toute suite exhibition 2012 The new works on paper are a more distant reflection of my time living in Tennant Creek and discovering local bush tucker in the local region. The work includes text reflections of memories of each bush tucker depicted. Each memory usually included an outing to find the particular plant.
'local edible' June exhibition artroom5 2011 slip cast porcelain
'untitled' Quiet Reader, Adelaide Central Gallery, 2009 quiet reflections of Tennant Creek including landscape and newspaper ads and articles
dusk (3 videos) Met Tales, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide Centre for the Arts 2007 "Flaherty's moving image installation conjures beautiful tensions between stillness and movement, light and dark, noise and silence as day turns into night. Standing front on to her three monitors that portray silhouetted trees set against the sky, moving in the wind, Flaherty's Dusk is captivating in the way she shares, using film, her view of each moment passing during this transient time of the day and the subtleties that lie therein. It is not often one can be still and watch this momentary process of natural change that occurs within our open environment." Nerina Dent (review)
'birds and bees' Downtown Artspace 2004
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