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ARTIST Samantha Moss- Collyer, BAVA Dip Ed I have a diverse career in the creative industries through sculpture, installation, photography, curating, community arts and teaching. My work challenges and often evokes qualities of strength and fragility, phenomena and my experiences of the natural world. I predominately use clay as a means to explore my relationship of self to the earth. I Intuitively work with its pliable nature allowing figurative organic forms to emerge. They are reflections and explorations of patterns and rhythms inspired by flora and fauna and how humans interact with it. I like to challenge scale and experiment with non-fired clay, creating ephemeral forms in the landscape. I play with surface techniques and textures to create burnished pit fired forms with smoky tones from ochres, seaweed, sawdust and salt. Graduate ‘Sydney College of the Arts’ 89’ Bachelor of Education, Sydney University 93’ Currently teaching Visual Arts, Design, Photography at Southern Cross Distance Education Exhibited in solo and group exhibitions including: Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk, ‘Artscape’ Byron Bay, Byron Writers Festival, Queenstown Arts Society NZ, SWELL Currumbin, Thursday Plantation Sculpture, Artisan Gallery Brisbane, Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Hilton Arcade Sydney Represented Galleries: Tweed Regional Gallery Art Atrium Sydney, Queenstown Art Society NZ. Held in Australian, New Zealand Private Collections Founding Director: Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk 2015, 2018 Grant Recipient - Destination NSW ‘Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk’ 2018 Grant Recipient - Regional Arts NSW: CASP Grant 2014 Artist in Residency - ‘Can Serrat’, El Bruc, Spain 2012 www.fertileearthartworks.com www.brunswicknaturesculpturewalk.com.
'Egg' is a large hand coiled ceramic egg symbolic of life. This work has been exhibited in various natural settings and each site has bought with it a special meaning to the work. Here in Mullumbimby my son (Egg as we had named him) was born nearly 18 years ago. 'Egg' sits overlooking the Brunswick River where he was has spent his time growing up. The Egg is about birth, letting go and leaving the nest. The weathered textural markings on its surface show the process of time and its exposure to the elements, continuing to evolve in different landscapes. 'EGG' Hand Coiled Ceramic Clay H-120CM X D-60CM X W-45CM Weight - 70KG