Change, Transience, Harmony is a solo exhibition by painter and calligrapher Nathalie Moisy. This solo exhibition at the Sarah Wiseman Gallery will launch the gallery’s exciting summer exhibition season.
Nathalie’s work investigates a range of subject matter that includes nature, landscape and the intricacy and power of human relationships.
She favours traditional media; ink, brushes and papers and natural pigments, such as gofun, a white pigment derived from shells left to weather naturally for decades. Much of her aesthetic is borne from the many years she spent living in Japan and her research into Modern Japonisme.
In Change, Transience, Harmony, Nathalie follows two lines of enquiry that flow together. In the first, Nathalie immerses us in a series of large-scale, semi-abstracted paintings, which provoke an instinctive reaction from the viewer; one of familiarity and calm as if looking down at the surface of our blue planet, in all its varying shades.
In her second theme, Nathalie is drawn to the motif of trees in blossom. These delicate flowers are perhaps symbolic of all life and unable to survive without water.
According to Nathalie, ‘The trees are very much part of a tradition in Japan, called hanami when families visit and picnic under the flowering branches, to appreciate their beauty and reflect on life’s ephemeral nature.’
With this investigation, Nathalie is inevitably interested in changes caused by the impact of human and commercial behaviours on environmental sustainability, namely our oceans. These works reflect on our home planet’s delicate balancing of earth and water on which we all rely.
Nathalie adds, ‘Although not exclusively an art activist, I often challenge viewers to see beyond the surface of visual representation, being abstract or representational. My work is layered with meaning, metaphors and visual cues, all interpreted with techniques, materials and processes relevant to the subject matter.’
Nathalie Moisy is an interdisciplinary artist based in Oxford. She has also previously been a professional jeweller and gemologist, producing her own award-winning designs.