Coastal collection

Bargoonga Ngangin
North Fitzroy Library
5 May – 29 June 2018

Coastal Collection explores the notion of ‘the new wild’ by examining coastal areas in and around Melbourne where introduced plant species grow wild.

Utilising the tradition of expedition and collection armed with a camera and secateurs, Wells photographed the coastal environments and collected samples of introduced species, which she used to create a set of lumen prints. In this installation the lumens prints of Coprosma repens (mirror bush) collected from Kilcunda in the Bass Coast, have been reproduced as a frieze. The black-and-white photographs capture introduced species such as African boxthorn, soursob, agapanthus, hare’s tail, mirror bush and fireweed.

Coastal collection installation, Bargoonga Nganjin Coastal collection installation, Bargoonga Nganjin Coastal collection installation, Bargoonga Nganjin Coastal collection installation, Bargoonga Nganjin Soursob, 2017, gelatin silver print, 50 x 60 cm African boxthorn, 2017, gelatin silver print,  28 x 28 cm Storm cloud #2, 2017, gelatin silver print, 28 x 28 cm Hare's tail, 2017, gelatin silver print, 28 x 28 cm Mirror bush, 2017, gelatin silver print, 50 x 50 cm Fireweed, 2017, gelatin silver print, 50 x 50 cm Coprosma repens (mirror bush) #2, 2017, lumen print, 56 x 71 cm