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Sarina Noordhuis

How to make a meadow

3 July – 3 August 2012

Shall I tell you a story?

The meadow in a quiet winter, so cold, bristling with grass stalks, criss-crossed by relentless ants and purposeful joggers, looped with tattered spiderwebs and lined with roosting birds, the meadow dreams about the spring.

And as September draws closer and the skies clear, the dandelions begin.

A lone yellow star, then a radiant constellation. Weeks pass and new grass grows greenly and long. Each golden face follows the sunlight across the day. Downy balls of seeds appear, dancing on hollow stems. Time is held in these dandelions. To follow these flowers is to retrace the flight paths of bees and butterflies. Their scattered growth echoes the wanderings of children and warm afternoon winds. These patterns reflect a 16th century observation by Renaissance botanist Paracelsus, who recognised that the world is ‘a text, legible to all who will read without the divisive bifocals of language.’


Sarina Noordhuis makes drawings that map seasonal changes in the landscape. A graduate of the National Art School in Sydney, she is currently undertaking postgraduate research at the Australian National University. Her practice includes drawing, printmaking and painting.

Sarina Noordhuis is a current PhD candidate at the Australian National University.

Images L-R: HG 01.09.11; HG 12.09.11; HG 14.09.11, 2011, stickers, paper, each 42 x 30cm.