Ilan Garland 2016

Gobo light projection created from lino cut print on paper

Brian Robinson

Plant life, particularly flowering plants promote serenity, beauty and spiritual wellbeing. For many people, being in nature and interacting with the natural world, brings a sense of peace, tranquility, and feelings of connectedness - with self, others and a higher power. 

Land cultivation and gardening was one of the pivotal daily activities across the Torres Strait as it provided a staple food source (apart from fish and shellfish) for each community as well as the provision of vibrantly coloured garlands (that grew wild) that adorned feasting tables and mats. One particular flowering plant, the hibiscus was used not only as adornment but also announced, when worn in the hair by women, if she was married or single. The timber of this bush, especially beach hibiscus was also used for carving.

Last updated: 15 February 2017