Carine Thevenau / For The Nautilus Is My Boat / October 01 – 25 2014

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“For The Nautilus Is My Boat” is an homage to the poem and illustration of the same name by Warwick Gobles, who also famously illustrated The Water Babies, 1863. The illustration depicts a young girl adrift, upon the high seas aboard the sea shell, Nautilus.

Fossils, shells and tortoises became regular heroes on the pages of fiction around the same time as the release of Charles Darwin’s Origins Of Species, emphasising our connection to nature, our desire to understand life cycles and all of Mother Nature’s glorious mysteries. Also at this time, young Victorian women were storing sea shells in their hope boxes (or trousseau) in the hope that the shells would bring them children. Shells have long been associated with fertility and as exoskeletons their functional role is to support, protect and feed the creature that lives within, as is the role of a mother.

This series of images explores the human desire to better understand ourselves through the wisdom of nature, in all of her complexities.

This exhibition is dedicated to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef which is currently under threat.

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