Blackout in a Glasshouse, 2016

 

I was commissioned to create a public art piece as a response to the controversial lockout laws that were being proposed for the Brisbane cosmopolitan area, following the extremely disruptive lockout laws in effect in Sydney.

Throughout this process I wanted to illustrate the risk the government takes by focusing on the negatives, they would be removing the conditions which facilitate positives. I was aiming to explore the ways in where there is a healthy culture with many aspects to it and there are certain conditions – ones that may be messy or artificially induced, which ultimately lead to unique states that are beautiful.

The greenhouse acts as nightlife in microcosm and flowers drinking tonic water and performing these unexpected acts of beauty under black light are a parallel for that human experience.

The glasshouse also serves a secondary function as it is shelter for a very fragile set of circumstances that lead to beauty, but also in a subtly changed state can be something totally sterile, micromanaged and devoid of wild energy.

Blackout in a Glasshouse was initially installed as a part of Brisbane’s James Street Resort festival.

It has since been installed on Brunswick Mall, Brisbane.