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Eva Richards

Castanospermum australe
black bean tree pod

2017, watercolour, gouache on Kelmscott calfskin vellum
28 x 20.5 cm 

Collected 1770: Endeavour River Collected 2017: Chelmer

This intensely detailed painting on a black background of the seeds and seed pod of Castanospermum australe, generates a luminous three dimensional form with an iconic aura.

Castanospermum australe continues to hold life supporting significance, from its ancient cultivation by Indigenous peoples as a staple food source, to its contemporary use in research for cancer and HIV treatments.

It is also a valuable timber.

Ipomoea macrantha
beach moonflower

2017, silverpoint (silver and 24kt gold) on clayboard
34 x 26 cm 

Collected 1770: Endeavour River

Collected 2017: Mt Tambourine

A night blooming morning glory with a very fragrant, luxurious flower. This exquisite work with its evocative dark centre, is detailed in silverpoint and faintly glimmers as though bathed in moonlight. Ipomoea macrantha is the most widely spread native morning glory species in the Pacific.

In Australia it occurs right across the top end and down the east coast of Queensland, found growing as a low lying vine on beaches, or as a semi-woody creeper in coastal forest.

Xerochrysum bracteatum  
paper daisy

Apis mellifera
European honey bee

2017, silverpoint (silver and 24 kt gold), pen and ink on clayboard
28.7 x 21 cm

Collected 1770: Bustard Bay Endeavour River Bay of Inlets

Observed and collected 2017: Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Chelmer

The artist has provided a honey bee’s perspective of an enticing floral realm. The careful tonal drawing in pen and ink reveals the intricate structure of the flowers amongst a dense tangle of long leaves and stems; while the silverpoint generates a subtle, other-worldly glimmer.

Xerochrysum bracteatum is one of the best known of the paper daisies, as it is a very widespread species occurring in both annual and perennial forms. The individual flowers are very small but are formed into a large cluster surrounded by large papery bracts. The overall appearance is that of a large, single ‘flower’ with the bracts as the ‘petals’. However, well over a hundred true flowers occur inside the ring of bracts.

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