Anne Harris

Community Arts & Cultural Development

2020 the Unseen Herstory

Using the plant specimens gathered 250 years ago by Sir Joseph Banks & Daniel Solander during Lieutenant Cooks East Coast Voyage. Explore plants & place, deep listening, Ancestory, the unseen and the herstory.

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I work with plants and their stories, the decentering of the human and the exploration of an openess to understanding the ‘oneness’ that all beings inhabit. This project explores key aspects of Australian history going back to the first contact of my ancestors, and looking for the unseen, the intuitive, the herstories. Using the plants to discover a language and a foundation for understanding and deep listening. Then exploring the implications to my women ancestors, and finally visiting the relevant Queensland locations on the 250 anniversary and deeply listening to the plants and people that inhabit these places now.

This project is important because if we understand on a deeply intuitive level the plants, people and connection to place at certain points in history, and from this educate and listen, we can learn so much about how to go forward with a clear understanding of what worked and what was detrimental to all beings. The questions are what will be revealed? What will be healed? and what will this knowledge impart to Australians in our modern world.

Donations will be used for the photographic documentation of the original specimens collected by Banks and Solander held at the Brisbane Herbarium. It will also fund part of the research and expenses incurred in getting copies of documents from the first voyage, from Sydney and via online resources in the United Kingdom. Part of the funds will help with travel costs associated with working in situ in 2020 during the anniversary of Cooks Voyage, at Agnes Waters/1770 May 2020 and in Cooktown June/July 2020.

You can follow the journey online at fb and insta. Also there will be workshops and talks during the 2020 anniversary at various festivals and galleries.

I am a contemporary artist working on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Using traditional techniques and combining these with experimental processes, I use plants and natural materials to discover and record the stories of the world around me. Using my art practice to learn about culture, history, environment and connect to people and community.

Taking these ideas and sharing them via workshops and exhibitions to inspired new dialogue about the possibilities for the future, is a big part of the process. Using Art as a voice helps break down boundaries and ensures that traditional knowledge is kept alive, and brought into a contemporary space where it becomes relevant to a new way of thinking.

I have studied a certificate in drawing, sculpture at Tom Bass Studio and Fine Art at Sydney College of the Arts, combined with master classes in various related disciplines. I am the recipient of three RADF grants and a finalist in the 2015 The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize, 2016 Cambridge Art Prize, 2016 Moreton Bay Art Award and the 2016 Milburn Art Prize.

My first solo exhibition was held at Noosa Regional Gallery in 2015.


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