Alana Collins: A Cloud Floating in the Flower

Collins_171207 3 A4 copy


5pm Saturday 6 October 2018

Exhibition continues until 17 November 2018
Private is open Saturdays 10am – 4pm and by appointment

A flower is not a flower. It is made only of non-flower elements — sunshine, clouds, time, space, earth, minerals, gardeners, and so on. A true flower contains the whole universe. If we return any one of these non-flower elements to its source, there will be no flower. That is why we can say, “A rose is not a rose. That is why it is an authentic rose.” We have to remove our concept of rose if we want to touch the real rose.

-Thích Nhất Hạnh

A Cloud Floating in the Flower explores the historical and cultural intersections of Buddhist practice and psychedelic experience. Buddhism and psychedelics both gained popularity in the West during the 1950s and 1960s, sharing the potential to alter consciousness and provide experiences of peace and love.

In both psychedelic culture and Buddhist teachings, the flower features as a common motif. Floral patterns were popular on everything from fabric to wallpaper in the Psychedelic era. The slogan ‘Flower Power’, coined by Allen Ginsberg, also became popular during this time as a symbol of non-violent protest. Many influential thinkers of this era – including Ginsberg, Alan Watts and Aldous Huxley – were influenced by their experiences with LSD and other psychedelic drugs, as well as Buddhism and Eastern philosophies. In Buddhism, flowers (particularly the lotus) appear often, symbolising awakening, the law of impermanence and interbeing.

A Cloud Floating in the Flower combines the artists interests in Buddhism, meditative practices and psychedelic form.

Alana Collins is an artist based in Hobart who works primarily in drawing and installation. Her meditative and repetitious processes give rise to intricate and ephemeral works inspired by nature and altered states.

Alana holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Art) from The Queensland University of Technology, 2013.

Private Projects – 113 – 115 Main Road, Moonah, Tasmania
Entry off Hopkins St, up the stairs (opposite Dan Solo Comics)