Previous Exhibition

Lesley Kendall —
succulent.

Jun 17 – Jun 26, 2021

About the Artist      

A dual showcase across Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens and Side Gallery, Lesley Kendall’s new body of work continues to explore the relationship between nature and the viewer. Delicate, hand made paper sculptures of succulents, insects and rocks are collected like specimens and placed beneath cloches, adorned on wall mounts and painted with ink and watercolour. The exhibition at Side Gallery brings the installation from the Cactus House into the gallery for the audience to acquaint themselves with the realistic portrayals of Lesley’s paper practice.  

Lesley has collaborated with Sue Hillhouse of Plane Wood Frame for the framing of watercolour and ink paintings in bespoke Spotted Gum Frames.

About the Artist

Lesley Kendall

“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else.” 

— Georgia O'Keefe

 An artist in residence of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens for two consecutive years, Lesley Kendall works with natural flora and fauna as subject matter across several mediums. Watercolour and ink are the primary medium, while paper sculptures of insects, plants and birds accompany the still life garden created to mimic the collections of natural life found around Brisbane. The work appears to have been done in several stages as the artist’s hand is visible in the layers of watercolour chapters that permeate the thick paper works. The muted tones and soft edges of watercolours lend to a serene and tranquil reflection, and in the artist’s own words, “plants are observed as objects of contemplation.”

About the Curator

Laura Brinin

Laura Brinin is a Brisbane-based curator of contemporary art. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) in 2012 and continued her visual art practice overseas in 2013 in Canada with a Visual Art residency. Upon returning home, Laura has since pursued a determined curatorial practice as noted through five years’ professional practice with the Creative Industries Precinct exhibitions and public programs office, and a practice-led curatorial development internship through Queensland University of Technology. In 2014 Laura assisted in the facilitation of multiple new media exhibitions including ANtIMATION and The New Aesthetic? at The Block. 

Laura has exhibited her own work both in Australia and overseas as well as working as an independent freelance curator across Brisbane. This primarily focussed on engagement and activation of public spaces, including running bi-monthly exhibitions at The Menagerie, and public programs such as the Papergirl Brisbane project. Laura also worked with Brisbane City Council, QUT and Brisbane Street Art Festival to produce ReForm at Kelvin Grove’s ex-military base upon Gona Parade and Parer Place.