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Lindsay Watts

Hoya australis
common waxflower

2019 , watercolour on paper
46 x 29 cm

Collected 1770: Cape Grafton, Endeavour River

Observed 2018, 2019: Brisbane Botanic Gardens

Working over many weeks, the artist has begun with soft washes and then painstakingly built up layers of colour with a fine stippling technique using a very small brush. The resulting portrait glows with life, capturing the glossy sculptural leaves and shining waxy flowers of Hoya australis.

In tropical northern Australia, white sap taken from wax plants is used by Indigenous peoples in the preparation of body paints and hair oils. The sap can cause blindness if it gets into the eyes.

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