I am interested in human ecology . . . how we survive as a species within the ecosystems of our environment. My work is often site responsive, incorporating my own observations with the human stories and environmental history of a place.” Nic Moon
After living at the edge of Nelson Lakes National Park for ten
years, Nic Moon moved to central Nelson and the change from rural
to urban was reflected in her work. Paintings, photographs,
sculptures, and installations are all part of Nic's dynamic oeuvre.
Nic received a BFA from Ilam School of Fine Arts, Canterbury
University and an MFA from RMIT in Melbourne. Nic has established a
reputation with the formal and classic beauty of her paintings,
sculpture, and photography. This is also evident in her
elegant sculptural and installation works using gathered materials
and found objects (both natural and industrial).
In recent years Nic has taken "tools that have been used for
deforestation and the transformation of the natural into the urban
environment. Giant saw blades, shovels and circular saws have been
attacked with a plasma cutter and incised with leaf patterns and
shapes of New Zealand native ferns and foliage. It is as if these
weapons of destruction hold the tissue memory of their victims."
(Robin Woodward). The delicate incisions of native fauna patterns
into steel demonstrate Nic's insight to the world around her and
abilities with a wide range of materials and tools.
Nic has been awarded several prestigious residencies including
the William Hodges Fellowship in Southland (2009) and Auckland
Regional Council Artist in Residence. She exhibits throughout New
Zealand in solo and group shows.
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