This woodblock print with gampi chine-collé on watercolour is from an exhibition titled The Secret Lives of Plants and Insects in which John Wolseley explores complex life forces and leads the viewer into the umwelt or life world of plants and insects.
The exhibition includes watercolours, etchings, wood blocks and nature prints that span over 20 years and thousands of kilometres. Featured are two series of nature prints taken directly from natural objects. The first series depicts the tracks of beetle larvae as they bore into the wood under the bark of trees. The second series shows plants found near Coward Springs in the dunes of the southern reaches of the Simpson Desert. Other images take us on a journey through central and northern Australia to the Indonesian archipelago, celebrating the beauty and diversity of the secret world of plants and animals.
The artist acknowledges the brilliant and skilled assistance of Kaitlyn Gibson and Cassandra Gill in the printing of the beetle biographies.