VAP Portland – Flora

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Flora is a short film by Colleen Hughson and Carmel Wallace, with music composed by Michael Wallace. Flora played by Ella Eade. Shot in the Botanic Gardens in Portland Victoria Australia  2014.

Flora celebrates the richness and fecundity of nature, personified by a young woman wearing a cloak* made of flowers. The singular beauty of indigenous species is displaced by seductive mass plantings of exotic flora as introduced by successive boat people to these shores. Whilst we may question this displacement, the film presents a post-colonial view of harmonious co-habitation: the bees happily feast on the nectar of both indigenous and introduced flowers, and we as audience also enjoy the extravagant beauty of both.

 *Titled Flowers for Gardens, this cloak was originally created by Carmel Wallace in 2013 for One River, a Centenary of Canberra project, supported by the ACT Government & the Australian Government, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, The Sidney Myer Fund and the Australia Council for the Arts.

For enquiries about this work and others by the artists: www.firstladies.com.au or colleen.firstladies@gmail.com
http://carmelwallace.com or carmelwallaceart@gmail.com
http://michaelwallacemusic.com or mycalwallace@gmail.com

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  1. Pingback: Virtual Arboretum Project: FLORA | carmel wallace

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