Bernadette Trench-Thiedeman
Stage 1: Survival and Adaptation (detail installation view)
(plants, water, beakers, labels)
© 2008

In preparation for her upcoming solo show at Platform in June, Melbourne artist and amateur botanist Bernadette Trench-Thiedeman created an experiment in the infamous leaky cabinet. The second last cabinet in the subway leaks after every big rain pretty much making in unusable for artists but a few brave artists have ventured to use the space. So after applying for a show to create an underground garden, we offered Bernadette the chance to experiment with plant survival in a space without sunlight. Installing a series of plant clippings partly immersed in science beakers and test tubes of water, Bernadette made Stage 1 of her project to test how the plants would survive. Having been set in the cases at the end of February, not only have they survived for two months without sunlight but the plants have even grown under the flouroscent tubes.