Explore the flower as a metaphor through the intersection of painting and poetry at the Garden’s latest exhibition “PICTURA POEMA SILENS” (Painting, a silent poetry).
Sydney-based artist, Michelle Henry, has embraced the botanic world and blended each artwork with her interest in the language of love and life experience through literary sources from the bible, ancient Greek and Indian poetry and Shakespeare, to Denis Diderot’s love letters to his mistress for the evocative titles. The strength of her practice lies in this combination of image and title.
Never needing to look far for visual inspiration, Henry photographs and draws flowers wherever she can, with the idea that they may one day be painted. The images for this exhibition are from her own yard, her mother’s garden, overseas trips, bouquets given for special occasions as well as in the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens themselves. Working in thin layers of oil paint built up through glazing, Henry constructs the surface to suggest the subtle play of light on and through the petals and structure of each flower.
Henry graduated in 1989 from the College of Fine Arts (COFA UNSW) with a Bachelor of Art Education. Her work is found in collections in Australia and internationally and has been shortlisted for national competitions across Australia, including the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize, the Mosman Art Prize, the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, the Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Awards, among others.
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden will be observing strict physical distancing and hygiene measures to protect the health of visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19. The Visitor Centre is restricted to 50 people within the venue, so please be patient.
What we're asking you to do...
- Wait outside if we have reached capacity. We will get you in as quickly as possible.
- Bring a credit or debit card for any on-site purchases (we won’t be accepting cash).
Don’t visit if you’re unwell or, if in the last 14 days, you have experienced cold or flu symptoms, have returned from overseas or have been to or had contact with someone from a Covid hotspot.
At the Venue...
Please refer to our Covid-19 Update here.
- Use the hand-sanitiser provided on arrival.
- Keep at least 1.5 metres distance from others at all times.
- Wait in a marked queue or go elsewhere if a particular space has too many people.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, and put the tissue in a bin.
- Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds in our restrooms outside the Visitor Centre