The Plant Sensibilia Machine with Dr Rebecca Mayo

Rebecca Mayo with Aunty Deidre Martin and Jacob Morris, The Plant Sensibilia Machine, 2022-23stainless steel, PVC pipe, bicycle chain, plant material collected at Bundanon, water, hemp, printed metal salts, installation view, Siteworks 2022: From a deep valley. Photo: Zan Wimberley.
Thursday 15 December 2022

Dr Rebecca Mayo with Aunty Deidre Martin and Jacob Morris

The Plant Sensibilia Machine is a large-scale hand-operated dyeing machine that brings the process out of the studio and into the public realm.

For Siteworks 2022The Plant Sensibilia Machine connects plants of Bundanon and the Shoalhaven with the significant Yuin voices of Aunty Deidre Martin and Jacob Morris. Through a collaborative process of yarning, Mayo, Martin and Morris have created a series of works which tell stories of plants and people living and growing together in this moment on Yuin Country.

Rebecca Mayo’s art practice uses species and site-specific plant dyes to rectify the contemporary malaise of plant blindness. Ethics and a labour of care underpin her approach as she tests new ways for audiences to re-connect with plants.  

The Tellus Art Project 2022 is a collaboration between UNSW Art and Design, the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens Herbarium, Bundanon and Open Humanities Press.


Sunday 27 November 2022
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You can also catch Mayo, Aunty Deidre and Morris in conversation as part of the Siteworks talks series on Sunday 15 January 2023 at 2pm. Find out more and book for the talk.

Listen to Rebbeca's interview on ABC Radio National (beginning at 1 hour 05 minutes) via this link 

Dr Rebecca Mayo is Lecturer at the School of Art & Design.

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