Researcher

Dr Prudence Ann Gibson

My Expertise

Environmental Aesthetics; Critical Plant Studies; Herbarium Studies; Speculative Aesthetics and Plants; Plant Philosophy and Narrative.

Biography

Dr Prudence Gibson is Research Fellow at Art and Design, UNSW.

She is Lead CI on the 2020-23 ARC Linkage grant Exploring the cultural value of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens Herbarium collection using an environmental aesthetic.

Her area of research interest is Critical Plant Studies (Environmental Aesthetics) that addresses the crossover between plant collections and art/narrative.

Specifically, she is best known for the way she weaves...view more

Dr Prudence Gibson is Research Fellow at Art and Design, UNSW.

She is Lead CI on the 2020-23 ARC Linkage grant Exploring the cultural value of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens Herbarium collection using an environmental aesthetic.

Her area of research interest is Critical Plant Studies (Environmental Aesthetics) that addresses the crossover between plant collections and art/narrative.

Specifically, she is best known for the way she weaves fictional elements or narrative threads into her scholarly publications.

She is author of the following books:

2018 The Plant Contract, Brill, Boston.

2018 Covert Plants (editor) Punctum, San Diego

2016 Aesthetics After Finitude (editor) re.press, Melbourne.

2015 Janet Laurence: The Pharmacy of Plants, New South, Sydney.

2010 The Rapture of Death, Sydney

She is also author of over 300 catalogue essays, peer-reviewed chapters and articles; and mainstream essays.

Her next scholarly sole author book, The Herbarium and I, is an ecological memoir of the Herbarium, Mt Annan, Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens. It will be a wunderkammer of essays on the herbarium's specimens and botanists.

 


My Grants

2020-3                 Lead Chief Investigator ARC Linkage LP190100069 $296, 000

2019                 UNSW Art and Design Dean’s Award for best scholarly single author book – The Plant Contract, Brill.

2019                 UNSW Art and Design Faculty Research Grant $9, 465   

2018                 UNSW Art and Design Faculty Research Grant $10,500

2017                 UNSW Art and Design Faculty Research Grant $1,800

2015                 UNSW School of Arts and Media School Research Grant $5000 for Janet Laurence monograph New South Publishing.

2014                 Australia Council New Work grant (Visual Arts Board)  $20 000 to write a book on ‘Plant sentience, bio-art and aesthetics of cure.’

2014                 Dean’s Student Leadership Award – Research, FASS, UNSW

2013                 Dean’s Student Leadership Award – Creative and Performing Arts, FASS, UNSW.                             

2011                 Full-time post-graduate scholarship APA UNSW for PhD in writing,   $24 000 per annum for three years.

2011                 International Independent Publishers (silver) Award for category of essay/creative non fiction for the book The Rapture of Death.

2009                 Australia Council New Work grant (Visual Arts Board) $10 000 to write a book, The Rapture of Death.


My Research Activities

Gibson is Lead Chief Investigator on the ARC Linkage project 2020-23, entitled

Exploring the cultural value of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens Herbarium

collection using an environmental aesthetic $296 000.

Her research team includes Brett Summerell, chief botanist Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, and Deborah Ely CEO of Bundanon Trust, UNSW's Sigi Jottkandt and Melbourne University's Professor Marie Sierra.

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