Filictum, by Douglas Schofield

Filictum refers to a place abundant with ferns or ferneries; the use of Latin itself acknowledges the history of the language in horticulture.

The colourful, ambiguously shaped sculptures will be placed on the rocks in and around the creek, as well as among the fern undergrowth surrounding it. A gentle and playful injection of pockets of colour into the space. A sense of serendipitous discovery will be created with the placement of the works, some positioned in open sight while others are located in nooks and hollows.

Places of water, in the damp and dark, have always been genesis spaces for the quirky, mystical, and other worldly. Spaces at the bottom of the garden, amongst ferneries, in secret grottos, by trickling creeks, can foster a creative imagination and an intimacy with Nature. I’m personally drawn to these constructed places in gardens, but especially those that occur on their own accord in the “organisation” of a garden and in Nature“, says Schofield.

Ferns are among the most ancient plants on earth. Originating from a time before flowers, they reproduce with spores. This lends a mysticism to this family of plants and places in which they grow. The ceramic sculptures of this installation take inspiration from the microscopic structure of fern spores, fungi, and broader land forms. The mixture of large scale forms with the microscopic implies alternative worlds where colour and scale are ambiguous.

Douglas SchoefieldDouglas Schofield grew up in Eden, on the far south coast of NSW. His home was a 1.25 acre garden which eventually became a 3 acre garden in later years. This property backed onto bushland.  His mother is an obsessed gardener (in the best way) and his father is from a farming background. There is a long lineage of farmers and gardeners in the family. His parents owned a nursery for a few years where he worked casually.

During this time Douglas became involved in the local orchid club where he was, by many decades, the most junior member. This exposure to landscape, plants, and generally things from Nature took strong root in him.  Schofield’s art practice
primarily revolves around ideas of Nature and draws inspiration from landscape and plants visually but also utilises procedures and ideas of gardening in his process of creating.
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