Victoria Garcia is a Filipino-Australian visual artist and designer whose eclectic work spans the practices of installations, textiles, murals and drawing.
Taking a global perspective, she explores ideas surrounding our complex relationship as humans with nature, and uses pattern as a metaphor to touch on themes of diversity, place, interconnectedness, interdependence, and infinity.
Her creation for Wollongong Central, named ‘Floating Garden’, reflects the ephemeral experience of being in nature. The suspended panels of the artwork float, shift and gently rotate, transforming the artwork with each passing moment, and providing a unique perspective from any angle. The sculpture draws inspiration from the traditions of still life painting, and the preservation of botanical specimens in natural history books.
Using a combination of her own photographs and drawing from life, Victoria has hand-painted the wild Australian orchids and tropical plants, ensuring individual plants and flowers mimic nature, and interconnect to create a whole.
Curated and produced by aMBUSH Gallery and presented by Wollongong Central, this magnificent installation is on display to the general public during centre trading hours, suspended from the skylight/atrium on Level 1.