Whis­per­ing trees in­spire artist

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Stan Ma­ley

Whis­per­ing trees is the in­spi­ra­tion for Ja­neen Horne’s up and com­ing Art in a Gar­den ex­hi­bi­tion at her home in Sun­set Beach.

I asked her if it could re­ally be three years ago that I came to Ja­neen’s last ex­hi­bi­tion in the gar­den. “Time flies,” she said.

“There is usu­ally about a year’s worth of work and ideas in an ex­hi­bi­tion, how­ever this year has been par­tic­u­larly busy for me with a pop-up shop and run­ning work­shops, plat­form mar­kets and an in­ter-art com­pe­ti­tion.”

I asked the lo­cal artist what peo­ple will see when they visit her gar­den.

“I hope they see the body of work that has been in­spired by trees and the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

“Each ex­hi­bi­tion I try to do some­thing new and run with a theme. But I also want peo­ple to no­tice the beauty around them and be in­spired by coastal gar­dens and the na­ture it dis­plays.

“We hope that peo­ple will think about plant­ing a tree or notic­ing trees and ob­serve that maybe they do com­mu­ni­cate with each other.”

The in­spi­ra­tion for prop­a­gat­ing this un­usual com­mu­ni­ca­tion came from an ar­ti­cle she read about plants talk­ing to each other un­der the ground.

The ar­ti­cle out­lined the sym­bi­otic re­la­tion­ship be­tween fungi and plant roots (and PGPR).

It put for­ward the no­tion that plants shared in­for­ma­tion and nu­tri­ents in a sort of net­work un­der the soil, par­tic­u­larly in a for­est or ar­eas with thick veg­e­ta­tion.

Even in a hum­ble gar­den bed of ve­g­ies, some form of shar­ing un­der the sur­face is go­ing on.

Ja­neen said when she was in her stu­dio she could hear the beau­ti­ful sounds made by the trees out­side.

“I can hear the trees whis­per­ing and the birds join in this song to en­joy the breeze that car­ries the sounds,” she said.

“It is very calm­ing and brings great joy to be sur­rounded by trees. I also find them very in­spi­ra­tional.”

Ja­neen re­called the trees of her child­hood in New Zealand and learn­ing about them from par­ents who were con­ser­va­tion­ists.

“I spent a lot of time in the na­tive bush, with my fa­ther and my sis­ter, who is com­ing over for the oc­ca­sion,” she said.

“When my fa­ther re­tired at 70, he got in­volved in nat­u­ral his­tory pho­tog­ra­phy and pub­lished five books. They were on New Zealand fungi and na­tive plants. Also on in­sects and spi­ders.

“He taught me to see the lit­tle things. We had won­der­ful times go­ing for walks in the bush, search­ing for fungi, ob­serv­ing na­ture. Won­der­ful mem­o­ries.”

Art in a Gar­den will take place at 53 Vo­lute Street, Sun­set Beach, on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 13, from 2-7pm.

Ja­neen’s friend Sarah O’Mal­ley will play her gui­tar and sing from 3pm on­wards.

Con­tact Stan Ma­ley on 0428 230 029 or stan8@wn.com.au

Pic­ture: Stan Ma­ley

Artist Ja­neen Horne drew the in­spi­ra­tion for her next art ex­hi­bi­tion from her gar­den and her child­hood.

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