Joan Ross: The Art of Trying to Control Flowers

February 11, 2017 to
March 25, 2017
Moana Project Space

Presented in conjunction with the 2017 Perth International Arts Festival, The Art of Trying to Control Flowers is a new exhibition by Scottish-born, New South Wales-based artist Joan Ross.

Working across sculpture, video, wallpaper, and installation, Ross uses her characteristic wit to critically re-examine the sins of Australia’s colonial past. Appropriating visual imagery from hi-vis culture, RSL clubs, colonial painting, and white techno-suburbia, The Art of Trying to Control Flowers re-frames Australia’s colonial narrative as a lurid and absurd fantasy, and provokes a questioning of our collective relationship with both history and with the environment.

Exhibition opens on Friday 10 February from 6-10pm. Show then runs 11 February to 25 March with the gallery open 7-4 Mon-Fri, 10-3 Sat and 11-4 Sun. Entry is free.


Not a $tone unturned, 2015
Handpainted digital print
Courtesy the Artist and Michael Reid Gallery