Mission I (scarf) by Catherine Nelson - 2016 | Michael Reid Gallery

Catherine Nelson
Mission I (scarf), 2016

made in England
limited edition of 50
Catherine Nelson, Kmossed & Michael Reid
approx.126 x 100 cm

Henri Matisse is by no means the only artist to have designed a scarf, however in June 2011, the fashion and art worlds were thrown into somewhat of a ferment by news that a scarf designed by Henri Matisse had fetched £3m (AUS$5.2 million) at Christie’s. Océanie, la Mer was 173.5 x 387.5cm of linen, dyed a particular golden colour to evoke the light of Tahiti, and printed with a dancing dreamscape of birds, seaweed, coral and sponges.

From the early to mid twentieth century Matisse, Dufy, Picasso, Derain, Calder, Moore and even the slightly harder edged modernist British abstract painter Ben Nicolson all designed scarfs. Many of our greatest artists believe then, as they do now, that beauty is to be found everywhere and indeed beauty is to be used and useful.

Catherine Nelson’s background in film and television has seen her create visual effects for films such as Moulin Rouge, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban,300, and Australia. Her profession has taken her around the world having lived and worked in Milan, London, Rome, Reykjavik, Bratislava, Brussels and throughout Australia.

In 2008 Nelson returned to her studio and began to dedicate her time to her own art practice. Combining her training as a painter with her expertise in cinematic visual effects, Nelson has created stunning photography which turns the tradition notions of the medium on their head.

Each of Nelson’s photographs is constructed of hundreds of individual photographs pieced together painstakingly over several months, and depicts the artist’s memory of a journey through landscape. With no single vantage point, the effect is dynamic and fantastical. Sometimes expansive and at other times introspective, Nelson’s works invite the viewer to seek their own journey within the image before them.

Digital printing technology enables detailed photographic images like these to be transposed onto silk to create wearable forms of artwork. A depth of colours and fine textures appear on exquisite silk – the nature of which is, in itself, luminous – the silk fibers reflect light, adding a subtle glow to the restrained palette of Joseph McGlennon’s majestic imagery.

The scarf is produced in collaboration with the extraordinarily talented team of Kmossed.

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