Vera Möller is interested in the slippery boundaries between the real and the imagined in the natural world. Möller creates paintings, collages, photographs and sculptures of fictional hybrid plants and organisms. These are inspired by her observations gathered during fieldtrips into freshwater terrains or marine environments. Images seen on Instagram or from nature documentaries are another rich source of information for her. Bright colours, patterns, coral-like and succulent-plant forms describe her depictions of dreamt-up specimens that evoke the natural world. Möller’s ‘fantasy specimens’ are the results of creative studio experimentation and highlight the way in which her science background and art practice have steadily converged.

Liquidarium will bring together a new sequence of large-scale collages to be shown in conjunction with an installation of hundreds of plant-like small sculptures. These are accompanied by a new series of small collages. The individual large collages together with kinetic collage elements and sculptural forms will merge to create a diorama of a discrete section of an imaginary freshwater wetland as viewed from an intimate, close-up perspective of a frog. The intention is to create a spatial encounter for children that might be reminiscent of the dioramas found in Natural History Museums.

14 May - 30 Oct

Shepparton Art Museum

Eastbank Centre 70 Welsford Street Shepparton VIC 3630