Once Were Wildflowers
dimensions106 x 86
mediumphotographic collage comprised 100% of Australian threatened flora and fauna on solve glaze satin rag art paper
Artist Statement & Bio
“Once Were Wildflowers” forms part of my 2020 series entitled “Fragile Beauty, Rich and Rare”. Using photographs taken by me during the past year and incorporating the symbolism and allegory of 17th Century Still Life Artworks, I have used modern day editing techniques to co-opt these photographs into Still Life Artworks to form a contemporary narrative around Australian biodiversity. Featuring the endangered Carnaby’s Cockatoo and Forest Red Tail Black Cockatoo, this artwork also tells a story of Australia’s vulnerable and rare plant species. After careful research, consultation and travel, this artwork includes over 30 (photographs of living) threatened plant species endemic to Western Australia, a global hotspot for biodiversity. Bio Pamela Pauline is an award-winning photographic artist based in Sydney. As a Master Photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP), she currently holds the NSW Illustrative Photographer of the Year title for her recent works on Australian flora and fauna. A keen bushwalker and nature lover, her current focus is primarily on endemic Australian flora and fauna that is vulnerable to extinction, creating complex composited photographic artworks that sit somewhere within staged, conceptual and documentary photography. Pamela’s works have been exhibited in Australia, India, China, New Zealand and the United States and she has been the recipient of numerous national and international awards.