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Julie McEnerny

Melaleucas and Mangroves

20 March — 06 May 2023

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'Melaleucas and Mangroves', installation view, NorthSite Contemporary Arts, 2023. Photo: Cristina Bevilacqua

I live in an area with lots of trees, particularly paperbarks and mangroves, which host epiphytes and mistletoe common to the local wetland ecosystem. This is where I discovered the intrigue of epiphytes.

Epiphytes are plants that need a host species for support. Mistletoe is a parasite, which relies on a host for nutrients and will invade the plant tissue to obtain them. Both play important roles in the cycles of biodiversity and as a consequence, there is a lot going on behind the scenes; nature’s relentless rhythms concealed in the quietude.

Most of the works in this exhibition are painted from actual plants that I’ve found, still attached to a branch or small stick, having fallen after heavy rain or strong winds.

– Julie McEnerny

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