SHARON HUGHES

TRANSPLANTED

When people experience life outside the culture of their birth, issues of identity and interaction with the environment come to the fore. This work explores my growing connections to my adopted country, as an Irish-born woman living in regional Victoria. Since immigrating to Australia the disjunctive experience of living outside the culture of my birth has caused me to reflect on my identity and feelings of belonging, and inspired me to explore these in my practice. Being out of place—transplanted—has made me sensitive to change in the environment, from the growth of plants, to the spread of ideas. In this work I use my Australian-born son and myself with native and introduced plant species to embody ideas of the native and the transplanted.

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