Catalogue of exhibition held at Grantpirrie held on 31 October - 25 November 2006.
"My grandmother began learning Ikebana, the ancient art of Japanese flower arrangement, in the early 1950s. For her it was a purposeful distraction, a way to fill gaps in her relationships. I recall the asymmetrical oddities that populated her house in Newport, New South Wales, when I was a child. They were usually our first topic of conversation. Petalody began as a way of composting my grandmother's passion, and of organising it in decidedly flawed ways. Petalody is the result of a year-long series of photographic visits to my grandmother, and her house and garden. The work became a passage between family - attended by intimacy, resistance, resolutions, and inevitable change. In stories re-enacted with mantelpiece props, snippets of conversation re-arranged with petals, or just the making of images - photography became a way of spending time", artist's website.
Essay: Simon Power.


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