Herba Ostrea


Oyster shells, star pickets, wire

In my art I try to feel the character of the space and add something that will not dominate but complement it. Once the project is over the two elements separate, becoming just space and objects again. The only way to make the work last is through photography. For me the resulting image is not only documentation but another artwork.

On my first visit to GASP in 2015, I was drawn to the plant life. I do not know exactly why, but there are some beautiful and curious varieties which surprised me on closer investigation – especially in this somewhat raw and vast landscape. From the soft red succulent ground cover, resembling carpet, to the many other fascinating endemic species - surviving in the harsh conditions. I was inspired to adopt a familiar local ‘ingredient’ to create an imaginary plant like form. Something appearing to grow vertically from the flatness of the ground. An oyster plant. A plant made out of oysters; or Herba Ostrea.

Matej Andraž Vogrinčič, June 2016

Installed artwork, October 2019

Matej Vogrinčič was brought to Tasmania by GASP to undertake this commission following an exploratory visit in 2015. GASP acknowledge and are grateful to our private benefactors for this opportunity in particular Irene Duckett and Barilla Bay Oysters for their generous in-kind support.

Herba Ostrea, original installation

Photography: Ben Hosking

Matej Andraž Vogrinčič (born 1970) is a Slovenian artist. He has been creating site-specific work in urban and natural environments since the early 1990s. He has built an international reputation by creating installations in local places, traditions, and histories – often filling the most ordinary or neglected places with even more ordinary objects. Vogrinčič starts with the site itself and always leaves room to alter and develop the idea in the process. His projects commence and rely on a direct connection with the community by listening to local narratives and histories, through to locally collecting the physical materials for the work.


Vogrinčič has exhibited his installations in numerous international galleries and festivals including the Biennial of Graphic Art, Slovenia; World Expo 2010, China; Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art, Italy; Telstra Adelaide Festival of Arts, Australia; and the Museum of Modern Art, Slovenia.

Photograph: Uroš Abram

Curated by: Pippa Dickson

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