The repetitive cycles and rhythms of the botanical world replicate the rhythms of human life. Knowledge passed between generations shows us that plants can sustain us and heal us. Equally however, properties within them can also harm us. The myriad of forms that exist can be overwhelmingly beautiful to the senses but can also be repulsive or dangerous. Like us they can be diseased, age, and die. And yet, as we do, they hold within the possibility of renewal and regeneration.
This current body of work, Generations, explores the symbiosis occurring between humanity and botanical forms. Where, deeper than just biology, runs the historical, cultural, and spiritual interconnections that these two lifeforms share.
Evidence now supports the vision of the poet and philosopher that plants are living breathing communicating creatures endowed with personality and attributes of the soul. It is only we in our blindness who have insisted on considering them automata.
The Secret Life of Plants, Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird
For in hope we have been saved, but hope this is seen is not hope, for who hopes for what he already sees, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
Christine graduated from Christchurch University with a diploma of Teaching and a Bachelor of Education, A desire to attend Art School was not realized until later in life when she returned to study, graduating from Nelson Marlborough Institute with a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design in 2011.