Not so Conservatory
8 April – 20 April 2017
The Ramp Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart TAS
“The flower embodies an order, but the garden does the same, and its order is different and separate. The order within the flower is prehuman, and governs the flower itself. The garden speaks of human modes of order, where man is master, subduer, and transformer. The human being connects with the flower by way of unreasoned longing; with the garden by way of will. With the flower by way of boundless possibility; with the garden by way of acceptance of limitation, which is almost the same as renunciation… Because the garden was, and still remains, the space in which the human being inscribes his relationship with nature and structure. And how do we describe this relationship? As love, as hate, or as both? Is it a flight towards nature or away from it? Is it humanization of nature, or the penitent’s return into the riches of chaos (Borchardt 1968, pp. 30, 31).”
Borchardt, R, 1968, The Passionate Gardener, 1st edn, McPherson & Company, Kingston, New York.