2018 Finalists

Tamara DEAN

Artist statement: In our nature is a symbolic reminder that we are not separate from, nor superior to nature – that we are indeed a part of nature. It is a site-responsive series set in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens throughout the seasons, symbolically linking the seasonal changes with the stages of life in the people in the photographs.

The first time I witnessed the Sacred Lotus in bloom, its beauty was such that it inspired this series. I returned to the pond each season over the course of a year, to photograph the lotus as it radically transformed … folding in on itself in autumn, dying down in winter, shooting up in spring, and returning to the scale and colour of its summer glory.


Sacred Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) in summer  2018
from the series In our nature
pigment ink-jet print
120.0 x 160.0 cm
courtesy of the artist, Martin Browne Contemporary (Sydney)


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