Thursday, March 31, 2011

Renewable Energy - How much leaf litter does it take to change a light bulb?

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.


This painting will be on show as part of my 'Diamonds in my eyes' solo exhibition opening at Salt Contemporary Art in two weeks time.

4 comments:

  1. this work looks magical Nicola. The light in the work is very prominent. Beautiful! and big too. Have a wonderful show! Candyxx

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  2. Brilliant! I adore the way you use colour, it's so vibrant and lively:) All the details are so lovely and allow the eye to wander around and around. Just perfect!

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