Christine Johnson

“Inland”

The works for Inland follow the impulse for botanical exploration which I began in the project, Voyages Botanical.

When I first saw the Eileen Ramsay collection of botanical specimens at the Mildura Arts Centre, I was inspired to create new works to celebrate Ramsay’s important contribution to Australian botany.

I was struck by the fragile beauty of Eileen’s specimen folio, held together with pink ribbon, and the care she had taken in assembling such a large collection.

With the help of local plant enthusiasts, Marion and Peter Lang, I went in search of the plants that I hoped might still be growing in the Murray River region.

Working from Eileen’s plant list, Marion and Peter helped me identify many of these plants still growing in their natural environment.

I felt as if we were following in Eileen Ramsay’s footsteps as we drove around the river flats, finding matches with her specimens and field notes.

It seemed appropriate to use the cyanotype process to document our findings. This process, originally used by Anna Atkins in the 1840s for botanical illustration, seemed the perfect way to combine the new with the old.

The ghost images of the plants against the blue background seemed to express something of a forgotten past brought into the focus of the present under the big blue dome of the sky.

Christine Johnson,

2016

 

Helichrysum Semipapposum

Helichrysum Semipapposum

Etching - Cyanotype

48 x 38 cm

Edition length: 5

Year of Print: 2016

$750.00 inc. GST

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C Series Dampiera stricta

C Series Dampiera stricta

Etching - Solar plate engraving created from a drawing by Sydney Parkinson.

9.5 x 7.5 cm

Year of Print: 2014

$250.00 inc. GST

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C Series Billardiera scandens

C Series Billardiera scandens

Etching - Solar plate engraving created from text by James Edward Smith and botanical art by James Sowerby from A Specimen of the Botany of New Holland.

9.5 x 7.5 cm

Year of Print: 2014

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C Series Ceratopetalum gummiferum

C Series Ceratopetalum gummiferum

Etching - Solar plate engraving created from a detail in a botanical illustration by James Sowerby in A Specimen of the Botany of New Holland (1793).

9.5 x 7.5 cm

Year of Print: 2014

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C Series Chamelaucium uncinatum

C Series Chamelaucium uncinatum

9.5 x 7.5 cm

Year of Print: 2014

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Xerochrysum bracteatum

Xerochrysum bracteatum

Etching - Cyanotype

48 x 38 cm

Edition length: 5

Year of Print: 2016

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Wahlenbergia fluminalis

Wahlenbergia fluminalis

Etching - Cyanotype

48 x 38 cm

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Disphyma crassifolium

Disphyma crassifolium

Etching - Cyanotype

48 x 38 cm

Edition length: 5

Year of Print: 2016

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Clematis microphylla

Clematis microphylla

Etching - Cyanotype

48 x 38 cm

Edition length: 5

Year of Print: 2016

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Hakea mitchellii

Hakea mitchellii

Etching - Cyanotype

48 x 38 cm

Edition length: 5

Year of Print: 2016

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Brachychiton populneus

Brachychiton populneus

Etching - Cyanotype

48 x 38 cm

Edition length: 5

Year of Print: 2016

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Dianella revoluta

Dianella revoluta

Etching - Cyanotype

48 x 38 cm

Edition length: 5

Year of Print: 2016

$750.00 inc. GST

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Wahlenbergia fluminalis

Wahlenbergia fluminalis

Etching - Cyanotype

48 x 38 cm

Edition length: 5

Year of Print: 2016

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Argentipallium blandowskianum

Argentipallium blandowskianum

Etching - Cyanotype

Source image courtesy of Melissa Doherty

48 x 38 cm

Edition length: 5

Year of Print: 2016

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Acacia calamifolia

Acacia calamifolia

Etching - Cyanotype

48 x 38 cm

Edition length: 5

Year of Print: 2016

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Dianella revoluta

Dianella revoluta

Cyanotype

25 x 21 cm

Year of Print: 2015

$275.00 inc. GST

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Elina

Elina

Etching - Burnished Aquatint

43.5 x 41 cm

Edition length: 50

Year of Print: 2005

$2,100.00 inc. GST

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Australian Sunrise

Australian Sunrise

Etching - Burnished Aquatint

43.5 x 41 cm

Edition length: 50

Year of Print: 2005

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Winter Rose

Winter Rose

Etching - Burnished Aquatint

29 x 28.5 cm

Edition length: 50

Year of Print: 2004

$990.00 inc. GST

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Memento

Memento

Etching - Burnished Aquatint

29 x 28.5 cm

Edition length: 50

Year of Print: 2004

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