Q&A with AMBER MOIR
Presented by SALON NINETY ONE
1. How do you identify a departure point for a new work/body of work?
I tend to look toward writing and texts as a departure point for new bodies of work. Language helps me develop a framework within which I begin to explore the more formal elements. I find inspiration in aesthetic principles; specifically, balance, form, space and colour. The most interesting and unusual combinations of these principles are mostly to be found in the natural world. I consider the inspiration that I draw from nature the raw material to then work with further.
2. What are some of the methods you use to maintain momentum in studio?
I rely on distinctive stages to create a rhythm for making work. Preparing the plates, painting the plates and then printing all require different modes of working. I use these shifts to help maintain momentum in my practice and to identify areas to develop or refine further, so that one phase does not feel more advanced than another.
3. What is the importance of titling your work?
I tend to see individual works as parts of a more expansive group. Titling the pieces helps me to understand where and how they fit into these larger bodies. Titles sometimes allude to the scene/scenario that was used as departure point, and I like to later return titles to explore them further. These series often extend over long periods of time and can continue up to numbers 10, 15 or even 20. My more recent titles offer hints at how or why I set about making specific pieces, offering small insights into my formal decisions and how they relate to one another.