Belanglo, a new exhibition being held at aMBUSH Gallery on Thursday, will explore the controversial history of Belanglo State Forest, the site of Australia’s notorious backpacker murders.
Far better than any artwork from the abstract expressionism movement, our native scribbly gum moths have been making a canvas out of eucalyptus trees for millions of years.
The #createarthistory competition, started by the State Library of Victoria, asked artists to harness the library’s collections to create new works. And the winners are in.
Blaschka models were created in the 1800s by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka to replicate marine invertebrates, including the sea anemones pictured in this gallery. The idea of Blaschka models came about as a result of the difficulty in preserving real-life specimens, which could not be put on display or be used for educational purposes as traditional methods of preservation caused fading and distortion. Here, you can admire the handwork of the Blaschka family, who created a formidable business selling these delicate glass models to museums around the world. The Blaschka models are now on display in the 200 Treasures exhibition in the Australian Museum’s Westpac Long Gallery. You can read more about the history of these Blaschka models in the upcoming issue of Australian Geographic which hits stands on 2 November.
Sydney-based artist Janet Luxton says she hopes to portray the diversity and individuality of her subjects through these detailed painted portraits.