"To be golden, by definition, is to possess gold-like qualities; be that the colour, brightness, lustre or immense value of gold.
This piece explores beauty and value, reflecting on the precious metal that Kalgoorlie is famous for, but I hope it also reminds us of the great value in the many naturally occurring wonders that the goldfields have to offer; both precious metals, and native flora alike.
The flourishing bouquet includes a selection of wildflowers found in the region that are all either iconic to the area, classified as rare or endangered, recently discovered, or considered to be valuable natural resources. It is these unique qualities, along with their delicate beauty and striking colours that I believe makes these flowers truly ‘golden’.
Honeysuckle Grevillea (grevillea juncifolia)
Jam Tree (acacia acuminata)
Goodenia salina - a rare and threatened flower sighted for one of the first times near Kalgoorlie in 2017
Pearl Bluebush (maireana sedifolia)
Charile’s Gold (tetratheca spenceri) - a new species first discovered in 2012 by Charlie Spencer”
Mikaela Miller is a multidisciplinary artist and designer based in Fremantle, Western Australia. She has a passion for the environment and native flora and fauna and the human face inspire her work. She combines these interests into illustrations that explore youth, culture, beauty, an identity of place, and our relationship with nature. Mikaela studied at Curtin University where she majored in graphic design and explored areas of photography, illustration, printmaking, textiles, fashion, surface design and fine art. She is currently studying community development as a postgraduate at Murdoch. Mikaela has exhibited in a selection of group exhibitions around Perth and has painted public works as private commissions. She has also painted a public work as part of the Captivate Capel Festival in 2017 and is very excited to add Heartwalk to the list.
36 MacDonald St, Kalgoorlie