Little by Little
Eucalyptus dumosa leaves (chewed by nocturnal beetles), found rusted metal lid, bookbinders
gum and linen thread on canvas
100 x 100 cm
Janine Mackintosh is an independent, self-represented Australian artist. Janine creates unique contemporary assemblages, mainly using found objects from her heritage bush property on the wild south coast of Kangaroo Island, South Australia. She began her art practice by employing the techniques of museum plant collections but her pieces have since departed radically from tradition.
After collecting the leaves, they are pressed and dried and sorted before being carefully placed and glued to the canvas and stitched around each stem. The artwork is then framed behind glass, to protect and preserve the leaves.
She is particularly fascinated by leaves which have been eaten by beetles or patterned by leaf-miner insects or display the effects of weather and season – as these things communicate the intricate systems and collaborations at work in Nature.
She loves the visual excitement of repetition, where hundreds, or even thousands, of objects are presented as one, yet she seeks to highlight their unique differences and introduces themes grounded in time and place.
Her work is a celebration of biodiversity and her primary motivation is to highlight conservation issues and is a joyful celebration of:
the ordinary & the miraculous;
the imperfect & the perfect;
the individual & the collective;
the fragile & the enduring;
the tranquil & the powerful;
the rare & the bountiful;
the inner & the infi nite;
the fl eeting & the eternal; and
the earthly & the celestial.
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