Rolling in Clover, 2004
gouache on bank notes, 43 from a series of 51 unique works
signed, numbered and titled '43/51 Rolling in Clover, Fiona Hall' (lower right); further with Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery label (on the reverse)
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2004
Rolling in Clover is one of several of Hall's series from the early 2000s that reflects on the relationship between nature and the global economy. Each work from the series is a pair of international banknotes over which Hall has painted a clover, an important agricultural product as well as a symbol for good fortune. The banknote, symbolic of all the quick and cheap thrills money can buy, is placed in sharp contradistinction to the slow, meditative placement of the flower. As such, more than defacing currency in an act of rebellion, Hall asks us to reflect on the value, derived at its core from our use of nature, that money is in theory supposed to represent.
Image courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
With intricate precision and a poetic sensitivity, Fiona Hall crafts sculptural and two-dimensional forms that question our relationship with nature and society. Her combination of fine craft and sharp intellectualism create layered and fascinating narratives with a visual lyricism and real tactility. The span of her career over three decades has enchanted viewers with a combination of new and found materials with extensive research and reference to history: the museum; scientific discovery; Darwin; Victorian classification; taxidermy; botany; voyages of discovery; colonisation; antiquarian books and drawings. Fiona Hall takes these patterns and signifiers of a past world and transforms them into a contemporary language of incisive wit and playfulness.
Born in Sydney and currently based in Adelaide, Fiona Hall studied painting at the National Art School from 1972 to 1975 and photography at New York’s Visual Studies Workshop from 1979 to 1982. Known initially for her photography, by 1989, Hall was celebrated for her installation work such as Paradisus Terrestris entitled (1996).
Hall represented Australia with Wrong Way Time at the Australia Pavilion in the 56th Venice Biennale, 2015. In 2013, the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Victoria held a major exhibition of Hall's work Big Game Hunting. Important solo exhibitions for Hall include Fiona Hall, Force Field, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2008) travelling to the City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand and Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand; Fiona Hall, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane and Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2005) and Garden of Earthly Delights, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, National Gallery of Victoria Melbourne, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth and Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane (1994). In 2005, Julie Ewington's monograph Fiona Hall was published by Piper Press, Sydney.