ISAAC MOSS

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© Isaac Moss and Das Giftraum

Untitled
2019
Ink and charcoal
70 g/m² double volumized acid-free paper 
29.7 x 21 cm unframed
44 x 35 cm framed


Isaac Moss, an artist based in Berlin, is a 2018 graduate of Fine Art (Painting) at the Edinburgh College of Art. Isaac’s practice explores the relationship between image and language, predominantly using the mediums of painting and printmaking.

Artists’ Statement:
The foundation of my practice is grounded in exploring the relationship between image and language.
By taking both away from their assigned roles and combining them, my work suggests that text and image are arbitrary. Adopting and mimicking techniques/effects from printmaking and graphics, my work aims to sit between mediums, allowing me to explore the tensions between language and image from both a conceptual and material standpoint. 
Because painting is as integral to visual culture as printing is to text, I utilise the tension between the two, to reinstate the ambiguous nature of both. Between familiarity and illegibility, my work is about ambiguity.
Language is considered and explored as a visual material, by decoding words and imagining new signs/symbols. In contrast, imagery is formatted and distorted through processes of misuse and combination until it is no longer decipherable.
The broader context of my work is about what happens when you present the two primary forms of communication in the same platform. In a time of mass information and connection, I believe misinterpretation and division arise out of a failure to see our words and our images as limited. I find it compelling to make apparent those limitations by showing each as examples of the other. What kind of world exists behind our words and visions of it?
I am currently living in Berlin, working as an art handler for a commercial gallery and as an assistant to an international artist. Since graduating in 2018, I have put considerable effort into sustaining a studio practice alongside working to live. This new context between professional and private work has seen me focus more heavily on drawing because of time and space restraints. These drawings, however, most clearly show a direction for my work, towards a looser, less constrained and more playful future. '

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