Jennifer E Moss
Nature inspired, process driven textiles and mixed media work for the wall
I find inspiration in the natural world and humanity’s relationship to shifting environments. I am intrigued by intricate patterns that permeate nature, from the growth of cells to crystalline structures. These repeating forms often create an illusion of stability and a false sense of understanding, leading us to believe that nature can be tamed and comprehended. My work challenges that perception in the fragmented and imperfect nature of the patterns I use, which seem at once to be forming and receding, symbolizing the reality of constant change and unpredictability.
My recent research delves into forms and textures carved in natural substrates by wind, water, and human interventions. I employ traditional textile techniques to translate these organic forms into compositions that are simultaneously abstract and familiar. Utilizing monochromatic black materials in this body of work directs focus to the inherent form and pattern within each piece, while also imbuing a sense of weightiness and encouraging reflection. I strive to create forms that appear suspended in time, blurring the boundaries between human and geological timescales.
Through my artistic practice, I aim to confront my own impact on the environment and grapple with the limited time I have on this planet. I seek to evoke a sense of reflection and awareness and create a visual exploration of the delicate balance between stability and impermanence, urging viewers to contemplate their own connection to the ever-changing world around them.