Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The creek edge holds power

Nicola Moss, 'The creek edge holds power'. (Detail) Acrylic and pigmented ink on canvas. ©2010.

I have been bubble wrapping paintings today ready for transport to Redland Art Gallery. It will be exciting to view the works all together, having been developed over several months and stored. 'The creek edge holds power' is a four panel painting inspired by bushcare creek crew outings that take place each month in several locations along Redlands creeks. During my Redlands project I have become increasingly aware of the importance creek environments hold. These are zones of high biodiversity with species adapted for water and land converging. The work carried out by bushcare groups to stabilise banks with vegetation produced impressive results after flooding events earlier this year. Plants were flattened a bit, but came back strongly with new growth, meanwhile bank erosion was reduced, and any run-off averted helping to maintain water quality in the creek. This painting brings together many experiences and memories of place - Tingalpa creek edge at John Fredericks park, invertebrates at Hilliards creek and lush vegetation along Coolnwynpin creek to mention just one. In my eye these are beautiful environments some just a road crossing from large shopping centres or a fence line from suburban backyards. They are places full of connected life and I think power - power to influence the health of far wider reaching ecosystems.

6 comments:

  1. It's great! We're mired in drought and record heat here in the eastern US. It was good to be reminded of water. Chris

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  2. Thank you Chris, I hope you get some rain soon.

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  3. A beautiful teasing detail. Will we get to see the other two panels?

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  4. Thank you Susan, you can see a full image on my website, although a litle smaller.

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  5. what a spectacular showing on your web site! Is that tree all paper cut? Have a wonderful show!Candyxx

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  6. Hi Candice,
    THANK YOU! Yes the tree is all paper cut.
    Thanks Candice.

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