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Fragile Forest #4, 2007, digital print with porcelain objects, dimensions variable


Fragile Forest

18 DECEMBER 2007 – 22 FEBRUARY 2008

Coniferous porcelain objects construct a fragile forest in the Mailboxes at 141. Some verdant, others camouflaged, their ghostly doubles bleached like bones; these odd ornaments commemorate an age of environmental anxiety where increasingly, the extinction of the real invites a man-made substitution. A curiosity-cabinet of botanical momento mori, these un-collectable figurines create a strange, miniature frontier.

Julie-Anne Milinski completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) at the Victorian College of the Arts this year and a Diploma of Visual Arts at RMIT in 2004. Her practice combines sculpture, drawing, photography and digital media to create artificial gardens and constructed landscapes. These sites examine the potential of synthetic environments to satisfy the human desire to connect with their increasingly mediated natural world. She has participated in numerous group shows including Provisional Investigations (Temporal & Dissoluble), George Paton Gallery; Lexicon, City Library Gallery; Parked, Collingwood Arts Park; Postcard Show, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art and PROUD, Margaret Lawrence Gallery.