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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 11, March 16, 2008, Article 25

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST FIONA HALL USES BANKNOTES

[An alert reader spotted this reference to Australian artist
Fiona Hall, who incorporates world banknotes into her work.
-Editor]

Paper money is another one of her favourite motifs: In Leaf
Litter she illustrated a series of 183 sheets with meticulously
painted leaves over banknotes from the plant's country of origin.
When My Boat Comes In (2002), in the trade room, is an extended
meditation on the interaction of plants and human activity.
Here she has painted leaves on to banknotes from their country
of origin, but only those with ships on them.

She is concerned about the preservation of the natural environment
and the loss of genetic diversity. She is an expert in the origin
of useful plants, such as sugarcane and oil palms, and the
interaction of trade and colonialism from slavery to the present.
"Everyone is interested in profiting from natural sources," she
says. "Even now multinational pharmaceutical companies are
searching rainforests and around the world for plants that have
the cure to all our ills."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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