KYLIE BOWLES: Stop and Smell the Roses

Steel and wood, 2500  x 1500 x 200mm – $500 each

Have you ever wondered why there are beautiful rose bushes that appeared at the end of vineyard rows? They are planted not just for aesthetic reasons and to indicate the grape colours. Both roses and grape vines are susceptible to the same diseases. They help the vineyard team to catch sights of fungus diseases (e.g. mildew) in its early stage to apply the proper treatment. But roses are more beautiful than these reasons. In the seeming randomness of the natural world, we can find many instances of mathematical order involving the Fibonacci numbers and the golden ratio. The Fibonacci numbers are nature’s numbering system, from the leaf arrangement in plants, to the pattern of the florets of a flower, and are applicable to the growth of every living thing.

I am an emerging artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and an Advanced Diploma of Fine Arts. In 2011, I won first prize for class 10: Rural Subject at the Royal Easter Show, and the Hidden Newington Armoury Award. I have also won the Sydney Olympic Park Residency in 2010 and 2011. In 2009 I won the acquisitive Hornsby Art Prize, and I have works acquired by the NSI TAFE collection and Westmead Hospital. I have also exhibited at Sculpture in the Vineyards, Gallery 14, Tap Gallery, Hardware Gallery, Watch House Gallery, Rookwood Cemetery, the Royal Easter Show, Westmead Hospital and the See Street Gallery.

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