’Coexistence’ by Blue Mountains multidisciplinary artist, Patricia Abela, is highly responsive to the sublime beauty of place and its fragility.
Patricia explores the concepts of the elucidation of life and the permanence of death using natural materials. This transition from life to death is represented in sculptural forms that embrace strength and spiritual power. The natural materials are a symbolic of the impermanence of life.
The exhibition centrepiece, the Giant Dragonfly, is a sculptural representation of Petalura Gigantea, created to highlight how fragile this insect has become in the environment. This beautiful species is classified as endangered.
By using only natural materials such as the New Zealand Flax (Phormium Tenax), lomandra and bamboo to create the dragonfly, Patricia has created a strong representation of its vulnerability.