Verdant & Demeter

A shameless re-do of the very-clever Cohabitaire‘s post this morning on artist Lauren Berkowitz. I couldn’t resist…such interesting work.

As her website states, ‘Lauren Berkowitz is an Australian installation artist, working mostly with ephemeral and site-specific works that evoke the passage of time and our place within it. Berkowitz’s art is one of retrieval, of natural and found materials, of modernist art from the 60’s and 70’s as well as connections to her Jewish heritage. Often inspired by the landscape but troubled by its degradation, she recycles materials and themes into environmental narratives as an act of regeneration.’

If you’re lucky enough to live in Melbourne, you can view her work at Utopian Slumps (home to many other bright young things). HF.

images from top: Green Room Corner Cluster, 1996, 2.5H x 1Wm, glass bottles, nylon, Pendulum, Sydney, photo: Greg Weight; Demeter’s Garden, 2007, indigenous, native and exotic plants, hardwood, 430 x170cm, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, photo: John Gollings; Karakarook’s Garden, 2005-06, indigenous plants and dromana toppings, 12 x 7m, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, photo: John Gollings; Celestial, 1997, chemical bottles, food dye and water, 70H x 600W x 300D cm, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne, photo: Mark Ashkanasy.


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