Lucy Donovan

Over the past three years, I have been drawn to nature and the relationship between human culture in my art practice of painting and drawing. The impact of ‘one weedy species’, as Elizabeth Kolbert states, has caused a devastating impact on the environment, and has permanently altered the state of the natural world. This latest series focuses on the relationship of absence, death, decay and life cycles in nature. My practice often involves small-scale works that represent the delicacy of the subject matter between the quintessential native flora, and the absence of species of fauna in contemporary Australia, as early European practices since colonisation have pushed a number of native Australian animals to extinction.

Festorum herboso colitur unius speciei – one weedy species 2017 watercolour on paper

Festorum herboso colitur unius speciei – one weedy species (detail, Brush tailed bettong) 2017 watercolour on paper 14 x 17cm

Festorum herboso colitur unius speciei – one weedy species (detail, Brush tailed bettong) 2017 watercolour on paper 14 x 17cm