From the Collection: Jana Hawkins Anderson & Paris Taia
Jana Hawkins-Andersen and Paris Taia combine their disciplines of ceramics, installation and horticulture to construct a garden inside Ancher House, blurring the boundaries between landscape and architecture. The exhibition reflects on pieces within Penrith Regional Gallery’s archives by Frank and Margel Hinder, Hawkins-Andersen’s great grandparents and close peers of Lewers.
Taking these works as a starting point the artists create a sculptural installation using plants and garden ephemera that reflects on histories of Ancher house, stories of migration, travel and familial relationships. Sculptural elements of the exhibition reflect Hawkins-Andersen’s ongoing interest in archives, craft practices and material decay.
Taia’s interests in plant uses, origins, ecosystems and symbolisms is explored through reflections on the surrounding heritage gardens. The installation explores the social history of the site, the process of artistic collaboration and the influence of artists associated with the Lewers bequest.