found river red gum fence post, found baling twine
approx. 200 cm circumference
Cara Johnson transforms found materials into delicate and beautifully crafted art pieces using agricultural refuse, weed species and what remains from regeneration projects such as tree guards, willow, silage netting and bailing twine. By repurposing discarded agricultural materials she reveals tensions between people and plants, our fallible attempts to control nature, and the harsh human impact of agricultural and land clearing practices.
Cara Johnson’s craft-based works interrogate tensions and narratives surrounding land use through material, intention and invested making processes. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (First Class Hons.) at RMIT University in 2016 and is a current PhD Candidate and sessional lecturer in RMITs School of Art. Recent solo exhibitions include Understory at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and Overlay at the Santos Museum of Economic Botany in South Australia. Cara also exhibits widely in group shows, notably Paper Art at CODA Museum in the Netherlands and in Elegy at Gallery Funaki, and has works held in various private and public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria.