Press Release

In the series Strange Plants, Heather Beardsley works across a range of media such as found photography and textiles, embroidery, image transfer, sculpture, and video to create scenes of architecture seemingly reclaimed by wild vegetal overgrowth. These eerie depictions express the sublime power of nature against the manmade, provoking, current dialogues on climate change and the environment.



International exhibitions

International ongoing exhibitions

Heather Beardsley, Strange Plants

Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk (United States)

30.06 - 29.10.2023




“Heather’ practice is rooted in a spirit of interdisciplinarity, reflecting not only a shared love of art and biology but also an interest in expanding her knowledge of various media,”said Chelsea Pierce, PhD, McKinnon Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and exhibition curator for the Chrysler Museum. “he exhibition promises to be a truly sensorial delight that will captivate our visitors’imaginations.”

The varied locations have a personal connection to Beardsley as they chronicle the many places her art practice has taken her from Chicago, Vienna, Kyiv, Budapest, Beijing, Tallinn, and Hampton Roads. Beardsley’ 2017 visit to Pripyat, the ghost town closest to the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in present-day Ukraine, instilled a real-life vision for these imagined scenes. With postcards and textiles found in local flea markets across Europe, Beardsley juxtaposes structures with encroaching flora, using embroidery to challenge the pejorative confines of “ecorative art”or “raft.”In a time when cities are growing at an unprecedented rate, nuclear tensions are at a post-Cold War high, and the effects of climate change seem more pronounced every year, Beardsley’ plant “nvasions”pose questions instead of providing answers, ultimately showing that even from the brink of environmental disaster nature can fight back, and new life will grow.

The exhibition is on view June 30 through October 29, 2023, in the Chrysler Museum of Art’ Frank Photography Gallery.

Exhibition 30 June - 29 October 2023. Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), 111 Sturt Street, Southbank - Melbourne VIC 3006 (Australia). Hours : Monday: by appointment only. Tuesday–Friday: 10am–5pm. Saturday–Sunday: 11am–5pm. Gallery entry is always free.  






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Heather Beardsley, Strange Plants, Kyiv, 2020. Collage and embroidery on found textile. © Heather Beardsley.

Heather Beardsley, Strange Plants, Kyiv, 2020. Collage and embroidery on found textile. © Heather Beardsley.