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.