Whispering trees inspire artist
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Artist Janeen Horne drew the inspiration for her next art exhibition from her garden and her childhood.