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Grace Chaplin

St John's College

Artwork title
Below the surface
HSC year
Expressive form
Collection of works
Artist’s statement

Below the surface is a collection of works initially inspired by botanical art illustration and its scientific approach to the observation and depiction of the plant world. An investigation into the patterns and layers of various plants and their intrinsic aesthetics has led me to interpret and create my own understanding of a plant’s cell and internal make-up. My work embodies the concept that there is more to what you see than what lies on the surface. This can be applied literally or metaphorically in my work. Elements within my art represent another layer, and with that layer comes a greater insight.

Influences: Fiona Hall, Deirdre Bean, Nehemiah Grew (plant anatomist and physiologist)

Collection connections

Both Grace Chaplin and Fiona Hall use the plant world to reflect on our human world. What techniques do they use to do this? In your opinion, has each artist been successful in conveying this additional level of meaning?

Develop a series of works that explores the natural world. Experiment with a variety of media and techniques.