Approved: 05.03.2012

Carla Moss

Artist, Maker

Approved: 05.03.2012

I am an artist concerned with our relationship with the environment and with time and place. My journey began 20 years ago with an abstract take on ‘us and the environment’, documented through paintings of juxtaposing colours and forms.
    
The art works then moved into a period of large scale paintings and drawings depicting the tangible story of the shrinking Aral Sea (considered by some the worst environmental disaster of the twentieth century because of its speed and scale) in Kazakhstan / Uzbekistan, which seemed to me a microcosmic example of what we are doing to the natural world globally.

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  • Location: Leeds, Yorkshire
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Residencies, Training delivery
  • Categories: Book Works, Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Research
  • Tags: artists books, environment, Kazakhstan, Pencil, paper, books, Time, Rhythms
 
 
 

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    Biography

    I am an artist concerned with our relationship with the environment and with time and place. My journey began 20 years ago with an abstract take on ‘us and the environment’, documented through paintings of juxtaposing colours and forms.
        
    The art works then moved into a period of large scale paintings and drawings depicting the tangible story of the shrinking Aral Sea (considered by some the worst environmental disaster of the twentieth century because of its speed and scale) in Kazakhstan / Uzbekistan, which seemed to me a microcosmic example of what we are doing to the natural world globally.

    That led to a dialogue and questioning about where we are now and how we’ve arrived at a place where there is a remoteness and separation from our natural world. This separation seemed exemplified in our relationship to time, both historically: that nature was our ‘clock’, but also socially: in that as our priorities have shifted and changed, the ‘demands’ on ‘our time’ in our day-to-day activities has squeezed out a consideration for the natural world. I then started looking at time, something up until that moment I’d taken for granted. Why seven days? Why 24 hours? Why time zones? Who decided it? When did it come into being? What prompted it to happen? Why do we live by the rhythms we do and what happens when we change them. The questions are endless and each answer prompts a new question.

    These questions and answers are explored in my art works. Recent pieces have included: small portable works (eg one off, handmade books), interventions in the environment (eg seed scattering), performances (eg documenting walks with paper in my shoes), drawings (eg of seeds, the moon and objects). The artwork unfolds with the research and thinking, sometimes incorporating it, sometimes summarising it, it provides a dialogue: a mirror to understand it better, a language to articulate the unknown.

    Please see http://www.carlamoss.co.uk for more images.

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training 2009 - Certificate in Coaching Practice, New U Coaching, Edinborough 1996 - BA Hons Fine Art and History of Art, Reading University, Reading Solo exhibitions 2011 - Remember, Scargill House, Kettlewell 2011 - To the Sea and Back Again, ESA, Patrick Studios, Leeds 2005 - Ships in the Desert, School House Gallery, Huby 2004 - Shifting Shores, Intermission, Knightsbridge, London 2003 - Being Human On Planet Earth, Equip Trust English Centre, Shimkent, Kazakhstan 2003 - Inside Out, Intermission, Knightsbridge, London 2000 - Frontiers of the Sea, LICC, London 1999 - Drawn Upwards, The Courtyard Gallery, Notting Hill, London Group exhibitions 2012 - Angels of the North, Greenbelt Festival, Cheltenham 2011 - Ghost in the Machine, Shine Business Center, Leeds 2011 - Home from Home, Leeds International Book Fair Exhibition, Leeds 2010 - Behold, FEVA, St John the Baptist Church, Knaresborough 2009 - Advent, Left Bank, Headingley, Leeds 2008 - Hope, Bradford Cathedral, Bradford 2008 - Plein Air, Astana, Kazakhstan 2007 - Climate Change, Yorkshire Craft Centre, Bradford 2006 - Group Show, Wallace Space, London 2005 - Open Exhibition, Mercer Gallery, Harrogate 2004 - London Layers, Sheridan Russell Gallery, London 2003 - The Wrong Exhibition, The Custard Factory, Birmingham 2001 - Healing, The Gallery, Stoke Newington and Deptford, London 2000 - CA 2000, Troon, Holland 2000 - City Profit, Nottinghill Arts Club, London 2000 - City Profit, The Arts Club, New York City, USA Curated projects 2012 - Angels of the North, Greenbelt Festival, Cheltenham Live/Performance 2003 - Lillium, Intermission, Knightsbridge, London 2003 - Throwing Stones, Aral Sea, Kazakhstan Residencies 2008 - Plein Air, Astana, Astana, Kazakhstan 2003 - Being Human on Planet Earth, The English Centre, Shimkent, Kazakhstan 2003 - Inside Out, Intermission, Knightsbridge, London Competitions, prizes and awards 2003 - Award for Art Residency, RusLon International, London Educational experience - primary 2009 - Holiday club, East End Park, Leeds Educational experience - tertiary 2003 - Workshop Facilitator for Elderly Action group, Clapham, London 2002 - Art Tutor, The Lost Glory, Croydon