Julie Blyfield - Flowers of the sea

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1 March – 21 May 2023

In a new body of large-scale copper objects, Julie Blyfield­ aSouth Australian metal artist with a practice spanning 35 years, investigates the unique red sea weeds found along the coast of southern Australia.

By researching, photographing, and sketching marine algae, Blyfield gained an understanding of each of the specimens, which were the inspiration for the fifteen works commissioned and presented by Samstag Museum of Art in 2022. Shown as a sculptural installation, Blyfield’s work references 19th century specimen albums, and highlights both the fragility of our precious marine environments and the elements that threaten and sustain them.

MPRG is thrilled to present this new body of environmentally conscious and beautifully realised works. 

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Image credit: Julie Blyfield, Flowers of the sea, 2022, detail. Photograph by Grant Hancock, courtesy Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia.