MARIANNE NORTH

Painting 577, Flowers and Fruit of Mangosteen, and Singapore Monkey , North's collection of paintings is held at the Kew Gardens, www.kew.org

Painting 577, Flowers and Fruit of Mangosteen, and Singapore Monkey , North's collection of paintings is held at the Kew Gardens, www.kew.org

I've been doing research for my upcoming Asialink residency in Singapore. I'm exploring approaches to curating public space and one of the areas I'm interested in is how the concept of Singapore as the 'Garden City' or the 'City in a Garden' may be considered a curating principle that guides the design of the built environment, architecture and urban planning whilst simultaneously being interrogated through arts practice. I have been researching early representations of Singapore. I came across the botanical artwork of Marianne North completed on a visit to Singapore during the 1870s and I found her story intriguing. She led an independent life at a time where roles for women were restrictive and often confined to the domestic sphere. North traveled the world documenting plant life & she creates a snapshot of a fragrant, sensuous,  and verdant wild Singapore.

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