Conceived by artist, horticulturist and garden designer
Colleen Southwell, The Garden Curator is a creative celebration of all things found, inspired by and cultivated in the garden.
"Contemporary life has us on a quest seeking elusive contentment in manufactured perfection. My work challenges this pursuit, inviting the onlooker to slow, look closely, engage the imagination and connect with the cycle of life around us, whether it be in our own backyard or the great wide open. In doing so we rediscover perfection in its purest form - emerging buds, the veins of a leaf, the wings of an insect.
As an artist and garden maker, my creative process requires me to do just that. The more my work develops, the more I find myself marvelling over the smallest details. The daily walk through the paddock to the school bus has become a study in plant forms and insects and the garden provides endless inspiration. Even the “imperfections” are beautiful when observed closely and with an open mind.
Only through slow and mindful attention to detail can I create. The fragility of my work requires a gentle and respectful hand – the fragility of our environment requires the same.
Pause, look, see. What a lovely relief from these crazy days!"