“In Bloom” at the MCA Sydney is a living sculpture that invites consideration of the often uneasy relationship between nature and industrial ‘progress’. Here, 11 bronze-cast car tyres are stacked in a seemingly random arrangement to form a planter. Following previous iterations in Aotearoa New Zealand, this is the first presentation of In Bloom in Australia. The artist has collaborated with La Perouse-based Aboriginal-owned social enterprise and native plant nursery IndigiGrow. Together, they have made a selection of critically endangered Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub species, found in the sandy coastal stretches of Dharawal, Bidjigal and Gadigal Country in Sydney.
Over the years Aida realized that much of the inspiration
for her pieces came from the randomness of her day-to-day life in Addis Ababa.
She was obsessed with capturing as many moments as possible and found
motivation from the light, the people, the streets, and all that she
encountered. The foundation of her visual language stems from her experiences
as a photojournalist. She uses this form because it offers her a visual
language to express her thoughts, emotions, and experiences. She also
draws inspiration from poetry to create her wonderful challenging works.