Nic Moon: Tissue Memory

This body of work delves into the changing implications of life for many of us post the Christchurch earthquakes and in the wake of our rapidly changing weather patterns. We are faced with a stark reminder of our transience within the cycles and forces of nature.

  • Opening Date: Tuesday, 7 October 2014
  • Closing Date: Sunday, 26 October 2014
  • Opening Time: Tues to Fri 11-6pm, Sat 11-4pm

For twenty-five years I have felt compelled to live within the breath of the Southern Alps, a long New Zealand mountain range created by the violent upthrust of an earthquake fault.

This journey began for me as a South Auckland teenager, when I embarked on a solo trans-alpine train journey between Christchurch and Greymouth.  I was searching for the raw shelter of Rita Angus's 1936 painting "Cass".

For the first ten years of my career I worked from a studio beside the Nelson Lakes National Park, five kilometres from the remote alpine settlement of St Arnaud. The spring-fed stream at my back fence provided my drinking water and became a familiar soothing presence.  It was also the Alpine Fault Line.

This body of work delves into the changing implications of life for many of us post the Christchurch earthquakes and in the wake of our rapidly changing weather patterns.  We are faced with a stark reminder of our transience within the cycles and forces of nature.

My work touches on aspects of trauma and repair, human touch, fragility and strength, and transience and renewal.  I am exploring the physical and psychological effects of living in a beautiful landscape that also holds the memory of regular violent change.

 

Artist Talk: Saturday 11 October, 3pm

 

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