We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

Caroline Rothwell Symbiosis (bluebeard orchid)

hyrdrostone, canvas, paint, epoxy glass, stainless steel, wood, hardware

213 x 60 cm

Symbiosis (bluebeard orchid) is a sculpture influenced by the endemic bluebeard orchid and 19th-century botanical models made by Brendel, a German company. The sculpture supports elements of 21st-century infrastructure and grows avaricious tongues. The work points to the Symbiocene, a future where man-made systems attempt to align with nature, rather than overpower it.

Caroline Rothwell, 2020