This far from home, and still our roots run deep.
Tucked away in a corner of Kew Gardens, the largest botanical collection in the world, stands a cluster of four native Australian Gum trees. With branches reaching high into the sky, roots running deep, they are firmly secured to the earth.
Standing there I found comfort; we are all so far from home, in an environment so hostilely different from our own. Yet they stand tall, not just surviving but thriving as an invasive native, collected to act as a living archive, now providing a connection to home.
Invasive Native draws inspiration from the digitised type specimens of Australian Gums in the Kew database. Personally gathering fallen leaves, seeds and bark from the four giants, capturing images of their textures and tones. Needing to document, to archive their resilience - their invasive survival.

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