SHARON WEST

SHARON WEST

Decorative urn featuring portraits of Colonial Victorian women nature artists, Ellis Rowan and Fanny Ann Charsley, 2021
Constructed paper mâché base, gesso primer, coloured inks and gold acrylic paint
43h x 28w x 28d cm
$1200 (plus postage, handling and insurance within Australia)

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SHARON WEST

Taking inspiration from colonial Victorian decorative arts and crafts which applied Australian flora and fauna motiifs, this work is a colourful homage to two remarkable female colonial nature artists. I have depicted both artists sketching flowers and birds in the landscape, Ellis Rowan (1848-1922) at her home on Mt Macedon (with Mt Alexander in the background) and Englishwoman Fanny Ann Charsley (1828-1915) from the terrace of the Botanic Gardens overlooking the Yarra River, where she produced delicate flower studies for Baron Von Mueller. The base of the work features fern motifs, , alluding to the fern collecting craze of the time. The urn is topped with a lid featuring a circular Yarra River scene and a blue budgie surrounded by ferns.

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