Dr Prudence Gibson is an academic at UNSW and is Lead CI of an ARC Linkage project in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens Herbarium, Sydney. Her recent book The Plant Contract (Brill 2018) and Covert Plants (Punctum 2018) reflect her research into Critical Plant Studies - plants, people and collections. Other books include Janet Laurence: The Pharmacy of Plants (UNSWPress 2015). She has published fiction in Antipodes, Eureka Street, Etchings Journal and Blood. She is author of the art book The Rapture of Death, Boccalatte Publishing 2010, edited the volume Aesthetics After Finitude and has had over 400 art essays/articles published in Heat, The Australian, Vogue, Australian Art Collector and Art Monthly etc. Her curated exhibitions are The Carpentry of Speculative Things, Alaska Projects 2013 and The Pharmacy of Love and Hate MCA Artbar 2013 and two major exhibitions planned for Royal Botanic Gardens and Bundanon Trust for 2022, focusing on plant specimens.