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NGV Limited Edition - Christine Johnson, Eremophila

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NGV Limited Edition - Christine Johnson, Eremophila



The Melbourne Now Print Portfolio comprises twelve new prints commissioned especially for the exhibition. Contributing one print each, established and emerging artists explored a range of techniques, with the diversity of work reflecting Melbourne’s dynamic and flourishing print community.

Christine Johnson’s artistic practice spans painting, drawing and printmaking, which she often adapts into public art, sound and installation works. Forging links between botany, art and science, her explorations of historical narratives and native flora raise pertinent questions about our relationship with the environment, place and belonging.

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Solar plate engraving
Approximately A2 in size

About the artwork

Eremophila, 2022, is part of a larger body of work inspired by Eileen Ramsay (1886–1961), a Mallee botanist whose steps Johnson has been retracing since first seeing her specimen folio at the Mildura Arts Centre. With the help of local plant enthusiasts Marion and Peter Lang, Johnson searched the Murray River region to identify which flora from Ramsay’s list still grew in their natural ecosystem. One such specimen was eremophila, a desert-loving plant endemic to Australia that is considered sacred by various Indigenous communities and prized for its medicinal qualities.

Johnson creates layered images from her finely rendered drawings by combining digital and intaglio processes. The image is at once a celebration of the hardy plant and a plea for its conservation. With over 250 sub-species that have evolved to withstand harsh and arid conditions, many of the genus are now under threat from habitat loss caused by land-clearing, mining and farming practices.

‘The simple act of drawing deepens my contemplation of the miracles of nature’, explains Johnson. ‘It is through nature we can find our place in the continuum of beauty and mystery that the first peoples of this country have always known.’

Christine Johnson Eremophila 2022; solar plate engraving, ed. 1/15. Commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2022
© Christine Johnson

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NGV Limited Edition - Christine Johnson, Eremophila



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