Gallery 1 +2
Wander through glass gardens…
Julia Silvester has created an intricate and fascinating installation.
Combining the rich language of Hildegard’s “physica” and botanical images from the late medieval period, Silvester re-interprets the knowledge and writings of Hildegard within a contemporary framework.
Simon Blond Gibbons unfurls fresh Ausie pride, The West Australian, Weekend Extra 27.10.03
(notes on Hildegard von Bingen)
Hildegard was a religious leader, visionary, composer, poet, naturalist and writer of medical treatises. Despite her cloistered life this twelfth-century German Abbess and later Saint had strong views on sex, love and marriage – astonishing in her own age and ours – “she epitomizes the concept of the Renaissance woman long before the concept of the Renaissance man came into being.”
A Feminist Prolegomenon for the Study of Hildegard of Bingen, Marilyn R Mumford, Gender Culture and the Arts: Susquehanna University Press: London 1993