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Judi Moss and Jude Rose, both residents of the Blue Mountains, present new works completed late 2020 thru to early Spring 2021 - and during Lockdown in NSW.
Worlds apart in their art practice, yet sympatico in their visual inspirations, these two accomplished artists present a visually rich and mature exhibition that will surely delight.
Judi Moss / Artist statement
Creating throughout these very different days where isolation is the norm for many, it’s been a privilege to have my muse.. the bush and beyond.. pretty much to myself.
These works are a continuation of an ongoing love affair with the subtle nuances of the mountains and an attempt to capture their essence. They’re about merging/emerging, providing a refuge in formlessness .. entering a world with limited definition.
Working with oils, wax and often natural earth pigments, I begin with a memory of place until an inner fusion takes over and form is nudged into abstraction.
It’s like ..if you can sit in nature and surrender.. synergise with the elements to the point where you disappear and become everything.. that’s it.
Jude Rose / Artist statement
‘My latest body of work is the product of living in isolation in the mountains.
In the last six months I have spent every day in my studio in Leura and walking each morning in the surrounding bush and deserted streets.
It has been a period of deep reflection and for this I am so grateful.
The painting “Silver Lining” is aptly named as it is symbolic of the great side of being in solitude - a mass production of work that otherwise would not have come to be.
I breathe in the fragrant air up here and that alone is inspiration but on top of that there are endless vast and luxurious gardens full of colour and form to wander through.
I feel this was meant to be a sign to pause from my other life of Argentine tango and socialising and concentrate fully on my art.
I start with a vision in my mind’s eye then do rough sketches but never anything concrete as I love to “doodle” and allow the painting to develop by itself.
I feel like a medium just recording this event.
I generally work with memories of childhood, mixed with the contrast of geometric shapes of man-made objects and houses and the soft forms of trees and shrubs.
I paint from dark to light adding texture with thin glazes, and work in oils on canvas, pencil on wood or linocut printmaking.
My huge garden has been a refuge in these troubling times and I have been doing more close-up work of the flowers I find, they are so intricate and delightful and never cease to amaze me.
I absorb the essence of life and recreate and interpret this in my studio, creating a sort of utopia in which to ramble.
JUDI MOSS and JUDE ROSE
exhibition opening - Saturday 23 October 2-4pm
Exhibition on view: 22 October to 15 November