|Catherine Nelson [Other Worlds]
08 Nov.-04 Dec.2012
The 5th Now Gallery Artist Award
The annual Gallery Now photography competition Award is a competition presenting one artist with support to develop their portfolio as well as exhibit in the gallery. The program is designed to support photographers all across the globe and introduce them to the rest of the world.
This Award seeks to introduce Korean and International photographers and contribute to the development of photography, as well establishing relationships with other galleries and artists overseas.
The 5th Annual Gallery Artist Award Competition of 2012 was moderated by Art Criticism Professor Kyoung-Ruel Lee of Jungang University. This year’s award goes to Australian photographer Catherine Nelson.
Catherine Nelson’s work revolves around circle. Throughout history in many cultures the circle has symbolized perfection, truth, and completeness. It also alludes to enlightenment and the origin of nature, a concept that transcends into various religions. Nelson's collected imagery of nature is sometimes enlarged or minimized when it is repeatedly reproduced used in. Through this repetitive process the circle must be transformed for every composition in order for the image to be completed. Thus, she is imagining the perfect earth; a future utopia, the origin within modern life, the truth, and the re-examination of our perpetual transparent existence in an artificial space.
When first viewing Nelson’s ‘Danube Series’ one glance made me froze and opened my mind to new perspectives. Numerous images from Nelson’s work flooded my mind and my consciousness fell into the artwork. The more I looked and carefully re-examined the images, I felt and recognized a faith and trust deep within me. Nelson’s personal experience growing up in the vast Australian outback has led her to produce artwork in this direct, straightforward manner. Her work creates a new interpretation of global civilization, genesis, and nature through her imagined landscapes, as well as re-examining our natural environment, the earth and the universe, and highlighting the more serious issue of the future of our world. The artist’s poeticism is reflected in the earth, the universe, lakes, raw, echo, new, wildfires, Monet's garden, flowers, day and night, summer and winter, the mountains and the sea and the primeval forests and deep rivers in her images.
Nelson is especially interested in breaking down the rules and boundaries that define photography and painting. Her many years of experience with traditional photography combined with digital photography, harmonizes to create emotionally poetic and surreal landscapes. She uses her camera and computer instead of a paintbrush, her hyper-realistic images taking one to two months in order to complete.
Hence, she was dubbed the “mythic modern painter’ by Australian Art critic Heather Jacobs. The artist herself refers to herself an “artists expressing through a camera” and calls her work “ images painted with technology” and “evolved landscapes.”
The Australian native and graduate of the University of New South Wales majored in painting, and had previously worked on the film production of Moulin Rouge! (2001), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), and 300 (2006).
Borrowing the basic imaging techniques after working with film, this well-rounded photographer’s introduced works from 2008-2010, led her to win the prestigious Royal Bank of Scotland Emerging Artist Client Choice Award. This lead to her following series’ “Future Memories”, “Nuit Amercaine”, “Other world”, and “Danube,” The various landscapes of Australia, Europe, China, and many others are combined into digital imagery that transcends the original landscapes. The Romanian Black Sea merging into the Danube delta in particular were composed of thousands of photographs taken during trips to those locations, these images potent with a complete days worth of photographs are what makes the images interesting. The subtle changes in light and tone as day fades to night drips with emotion, her incredibly new visual interpretation of imagery has the power to reveal hidden truths.
The artist already receives high acclaim in Paris, China, and Australia currently resides in Belgium where she is receiving incredible popularity as well. Her taste in lyricism guides those of us living in this world into her imagination of many other worlds, like her appropriately named series, ‘Other Worlds.”