Darron Davies / Terraria / January 16 – February 09 2013


Terraria is a photographic project exploring the magical, abstract and metaphoric world of terrariums – an increasingly popular form of enclosed and small scale eco-system designed for showcasing plants.

Ultimately, Terraria is also about the fragility of life – terrariums as self contained vessels, enduring, magical – like the human body or our planet – yet somewhat mysterious. These vessels are self sustaining with no watering needed. They are independent and endure quietly.

This project would not have been possible without support from Lisa Rothwell from Lu Lu Blooms.

I step into your small world
Your secret world
Each a planet of green

Fragile edges holding
the lived
and living

Peering into your glass
your mirror
I see the shards of light
Drawing in
Stretching out

You are another
In atmosphere
In moss
In fear


Darron Davies is a teacher and a writer with a background in Media Studies. He has made films from the 1980s on both Super 8 and video. In recent years he has turned his attention towards the still camera photographing series in the UK, NZ, Japan and Australia.

Recent exhibitions have included 69 Smith St Gallery , the Maroondah Art Gallery, the 2011 Ballarat International Foto Bienale, the Mission to Seafarers in Docklands and the S.H. Ervin Gallery in Sydney. A recent photograph Beyond was a Finalist in the Blake Art Prize in Sydney – including being part of the touring 2013 Blake Exhibition.

Download the room sheet here.

Press / Media:
Dan Rule, In the Galleries, The Age – Januray 26, 2013