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Dark Heat at Adelaide Botanic Garden

Following the huge success of Skywhale, Adelaide Botanic Garden will again play host to the 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Dark Heart, with an exhibition of ambitious works of art in a range of media by Biennial artist Caroline Rothwell.

Titled Urpflanze street plants, the exhibition opens on Friday 11 April in the Santos Museum of Economic Botany and runs until Sunday 14 September.

In her Urpflanze series Rothwell creates hybrid, ‘uberweeds’ by combining weeds from a single urban location to make an ironic ‘superplant’. These botanical style works are then embroidered onto military camouflage.

Rothwell further explores the art of botanical illustration by using exhaust, carefully collected from car exhaust pipes, to make drawings of insects. A series of cut PVC ‘paintings’ will also be on display and by using this material Rothwell asks us to question our commodification of nature, a challenge to the audience made all the more relevant in the context of the Santos Museum of Economic Botany.

Admission is free. Open 10am to 4pm daily.

Image: Caroline Rothwell, Australia, born 1967, Hull, England, Urpflanze street plant #2, 2011, embroidery thread on stretched Australian military desert DPM,  194,841 stitches, 100 x 80 x 2cm, courtesy the artist and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne