Nicola Moss, 'Renewable Energy - How much leaf litter does it take to change a light bulb?'. Synthetic polymer and pigmented ink on canvas. 150x220cm. ©2010. Photography by Carl Warner.
The painting above, Renewable Energy - How much leaf litter does it take to change a light bulb?, began with a site visit to Turtle Swamp Wetlands on Russell Island, Redlands late last year. After passing through coastal heathland we entered a darker more enclosed forest with banksia and casuarina foliage densely canopied against the sky. The light was dimmed but it also felt like a comforting place to me. Visiting many natural environments over the past year, I have noticed that plants and the earth cycle energy in efficient ways, nothing is superfluous. Leaves falling to the ground gradually compost, creating more soil and a place for new seed to sprout, new life. I wondered if we, humans, could find a way to transfer energy as efficiently as plants photosynthesise. There has been some progress in 'green' energy but it seems to me to move at a slow pace.
While painting this work for some reason the line of the often heard joke ' How many.....does it take to change a light bulb?' came to mind, it seemed appropriate.