On Friday 1st February, my latest solo exhibition ‘One another other’ opened at Brunswick Street Gallery in Melbourne. The show focuses on the reproductive adaptation of Oxalis pes-caprae (also known as ‘soursobs’). Oxalis pes-caprae is plant native to southern Africa that was introduced into southern Australia and other regions of the world where it has become a significant invasive species. In its native environment, soursobs reproduce sexually. However, in situations where genetically suitable mates are limited as a result of a plant’s relocation through human activity, Oxalis pes-caprae has been shown to shift to clonal (asexual) reproduction while maintaining genetic variation in offspring. Research has also shown that Oxalis pes-caprae is able to shift back to sexual reproduction when genetically suitable mates become available, an evolution that can occur in just a few generations.
‘One another other’ is on at Brunswick Street Gallery until 17th February 2019. Click here to visit the gallery’s website.