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Val Plumwood's gardening boots, pair1


Val Plumwood's gardening boots, pair1

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Physical description

A pair of worn brown gardening boots, each featuring two yellow and brown tags, one at the top front, and the other at the back collar part of the boot. Embossed on the soles of each boot within a shield shaped border is the text 'T / REGO', and beneath it further text reads 'MADE BY / ENOCH TAYLOR / COMPOUND SOLE'.

Statement of significance

The Val Plumwood collection comprises walking and gardening boots, tin whistles, harmonicas, a crocodile puppet, a book, and a timber sign. The objects are in good to fair condition.

From the 1970s until her death in 2008, environmental philosopher Val Plumwood powerfully critiqued traditional western concepts of nature. Her work exposed problematic attitudes to the natural world built into modern, western thought. Plumwood analysed how western understandings of an opposition between reason and nature were both historically constructed and devastatingly applied. Her understandings of natural systems grew substantially during decades of close engagement with the vibrant rainforest biota of Plumwood Mountain, where she lived in southern New South Wales, and after which she took her name. The experience of surviving a crocodile attack while canoeing alone in Kakadu National Park in 1985 inspired Plumwood to explore ideas about death within an ecological context.

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