Blackwood Tokonoma High Summer 2022/23
The Blackwood Tokonoma is a curated installation space at the top of the stairs on entry to Mr Kitly. The wall is native Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon) timber, with the niche inspired by the concept of tokonoma. A tokonoma is a recessed space in a reception room, “—the place of honour in a Japanese room where paintings and flowers are placed for the edification of the guests” (Kakuzo Okakura. “The Book of Tea.”).
Late 2022 marks the beginning of a seasonal calendar for the Blackwood Tokonoma exhibitions. The 'by Season' exhibition schedule denotes six seasonal phases of the year and draws on the Kulin Nations calendar and (Melbourne Botanic Gardens Director) Dr Timothy Entwisle’s proposition of a renewed seasonal calendar that more accurately reflects the conditions of the land around us. This schedule brings a seasonal context to each exhibition. Whilst not prescriptive, the changing seasonal focus aims to provide a source of inspiration for the works included. The hope is that with each passing year the ‘by Season’ exhibitions will tell a story.
High Summer (Dec, Jan)
blue skies, pink dawns, still days and brown butterflies, deep purple blue agapanthus white cosmos easy salvia blush red yellow fragrant roses in the garden, hydrangeas too but they need the shade, greens turning to yellowing the landscape not all dried out yet (if it's been a good spring) but we know it's coming, ocean swims, summer thundery storms roll in from the north and west, catching the water for the summer veg harvests, when the yellowtail cockatoos come down from the mountains they make a racket and bring the rain, bursts of searing heat - leave water out for the birds and animals, bunjil (wedgetail eagle) breeding season, summer solstice longest day of the year, garrawang (kangaroo apple season)
See all Seasons here.
Woi-wurrung language terms are italicised.
See information about the Kulin Nations calendar and seasonal knowledge of tens of thousands of years here.
Read more about Timothy Entwisle's seasons here.
Mr Kitly is located on Bulleke-bek country. We acknowledge the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people as the traditional custodians of the unceded land and waters where we live and work and pay our deepest respect to Elders past, present and emerging. It's a privilege to walk this land together.