Exhibition: The Collections Project - From little things… by Heidi Kenyon



Date: 18 June 2018 to 29 July 2018
Time: Open Daily, 10am to 4pm
Where: Santos Museum of Economic Botany, Adelaide Botanic Garden (see visitor information)

Heidi Kenyon’s contemporary sculpture and installation practice is motivated by the curious complexities and stories embedded within found objects and common materials: both natural and human-made. In the studio, she employs methods of drawing out, dissecting and accentuating the inherent structures of the materials she works with to elicit narrative.

Heidi has long been intrigued by the Garden of Health in Adelaide Botanic Garden as a resource for contemplation and healing, and was fascinated to learn recently that the origin of botanical gardens dating back as far as the 16th century was to showcase plant-based medicine as a teaching tool for physicians. She believes that objects and natural materials have the potential to exist as carriers of our lieu de memoire (realm of memory), and contain clues to be unravelled. Her research will focus on the memories and knowledge held within hundreds of thousands of years of plant medicine, extending her current interest into the nature of memory and the memories of nature.

The Collections Project 2018 in Adelaide Botanic Garden is a collaborative project between Guildhouse and the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium (BGSH) that provides artists with the opportunity to respond to the extensive collection of Adelaide Botanic Garden and develop new work for exhibition at the Santos Museum of Economic Botany. Home to an amazing permanent collection, much of which dates back to the original museum display 137 years ago, the Santos Museum of Economic Botany is the last Museum of its kind in the world. Artists working with BGSH will not only have access to this collection but also the Garden’s living collection, library and preserved specimens of the State Herbarium.

Image: Sia Duff