2nd August Artist Talk
MIKA UTZON POPOV & SUZANNE SCHIBECI
The Australian flora has adapted its life-cycle to the powerful presence of fire. Banksia presents us with an example of the visual and symbolic journey of this relationship: these species not only survive, but are often dependent on the process.
We will focus on the symbolism of destruction, rebirth and longevity. While fire is frightening and destructive, we wish to foster the understanding of its necessity in the survival of the landscape.
Mika was born in Denmark in 1971 and has lived most of his adult life between Denmark, Mallorca and Sydney. He graduated from the National Art School in 1996, with solo exhibitions in Denmark, Spain, Scotland, England and Australia. Mika continues to work with nature as his source of inspiration and guidance.
Suzanne is currently a Lecturer at UNSW, teaching various courses in Science. Her research interests include looking at natural recruitment in Banksia, including pollination, seed set and seedling establishment in natural populations in the Sydney area.
For more information on this project, please visit www.kuringgaieramboo.com.au