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Opaque plastic folder for 'The Joy of the Garden', by Diana Boyer

2008.0043.0017.004

Opaque plastic folder for 'The Joy of the Garden', by Diana Boyer

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Physical description

An opaque plastic folder for the artwork titled 'The Joy of the Garden', by Diana Boyer. A colour photograph of the three sketch books on display is attached to the front of the folder. Handwritten text on the photograph reads 'The Joy of the Garden - db '92'. A sticker with a handwritten '26' is stuck on the photograph.

Statement of significance

The Diana Boyer collection comprises artworks, annotated sketches and other recordings of life on 'Bobbara Creek', a rural property in the Binalong district of southern NSW, between 1981 and 2007. There are twenty eight items and groups of items in the collection. All are in good condition.

This collection records the imaginative and emotional processes by which Diana Boyer, a migrant from Argentina, settled in an Australian place. The artworks, sketchbooks and other items show Diana's engagement with the ecological particularities of the Binalong district, and with significant issues arising from the social and economic dynamics of colonial history and the present. The items record Diana's exploration of a range of topics related to her life and work on 'Bobbara Creek', including Aboriginal dispossession, the representation of rural women, the value of biological diversity, the broader implications of introducing genetically modified canola to Australia, and the possible consequences of global warming for Australian agriculture.

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