Riki Moss: The Paper Forest
March 24th to June 10th, 2012
Winooski Welcome Center & Gallery
Riki Moss’ work establishes a dialogue with the natural world in her on-going installation called The Paper Forest. The collection of sculptures ranges from flora and fauna to masks and flying bunnies. Her work is reminiscent of a mythological view on themes such as evolution, birth, and emotion. She works with over-beaten abaca pulp that is pressed over forms and finally assembled.
The Paper Forest explores the idea of reciprocal perception, a call and response between the viewer and the viewed, between seeing and being seen. Look gently and long at the natural world and it begins to return our gaze. As seen through the gallery windows, the piece reads as a diorama. The viewer is separated from the forest and its flora and fauna. Inside, you join a conversation, enter into dialogue, come to your own conclusions.
Working from a foundation in pottery and encaustic paint, Riki Moss has been creating sculptures from her studio in Grand Isle for the past five years. During 2010, the installation was part of an exhibition held in conjunction with the United Nations Conference on Biodiversity called “On The Planet” as well as shown in two museums for the Holland Paper Biennial. She is co-founder of Studio-Glow.