Email ABC Arts By arts editor Dee Jefferson Updated April 05, 2020 10:20:05 Photo: Beatrice (pictured) is one of more than 120 works in this year’s Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. (Supplied: Art Gallery of South Australia/Saul Steed) Audio: Mike Parr’s 49-year performance art (The Art Show) Audio: Karla Dickens wins inaugural visual arts fellowship (The Art Show) Map: Australia In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s gothic tale Rappacini’s Daughter, a young scholar falls in love with the lonely, cloistered daughter of a scientist who specialises in plant-based poisons, only to discover that this young woman — Beatrice — is in fact one of her father’s experiments, and has poisoned him by proximity.Beatrice has breath that kills, is deadly to the touch, and has a “sister” who is an equally poisonous purple-flowered plant. She is called monstrous by her erstwhile lover — but it’s clear to the reader that she is the only really good and innocent character in Hawthorne’s tale.Visitors to Adelaide Botanic Gardens in March were able to judge for themselves: Beatrice is currently in residence there, inside the Museum of Economic Botany — where (prior to the COVID-19 shutdown of galleries and museums) she was taking visitors.This Beatrice is plush… Read full this story
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