Amber Moir is an artist whose images defy any particular figuration but evoke the hauntingly familiar. She sees her process as one of engaging with a lack of control such that the lost mark or unexpected result is celebrated in the final work.
Moir’s subjects are drawn from her experiences travelling or, more recently, her two years teaching English in a Japanese Prefectural High School. Recollections of events, conversations or impressions of a scene are painted in watercolour on a monotype plate before being printed by pitch roller. Far from the control of the print studio and etching press, the pitch roller affords Moir a direct confrontation with a force larger than herself.
In printing with this process, Moir grapples with a technical challenge that demands a lot of physical labour. The labour of her process remains invisible in the final works that speak of ethereal elegance. Not all the intended marks translate into the final work and not all the prints are a success. For Moir, there is a sense of acceptance in the outcome as she persistently makes peace with entropy. The sacrificial investment of both labour and mark making invites a reading of invisible labour and the openness to chance in the creative act.
Moir graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with a degree in Fine Arts in 2014. Since her return from Kyushu Island, Japan, she has lived and worked in Cape Town.
Exhibitons: 2018 – PROOF, SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch; Endless, Salon91. 2017 – SS17, Gallery Momo, Cape Town. ‘Trees Make Forests,’ Salon 91, Cape Town. 2015 – Turbine Art Fair, Salon 91, Johannesburg. ‘Hinterlands’ GUS Gallery, Stellenbosch. ‘Dreams, amongst other things,’ Salon 91, Cape Town. ‘Greatest Hits of 2014: The Domestic Odyssey’ at AVA Gallery, Cape Town.