Catherine Nelson

Born 1970, Sydney

Catherine Nelson was born in Sydney in 1970. After leaving school she completed her art education at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney and then moved quickly into the world of film and television, creating visual effects for films such as Moulin Rouge, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 300, and Australia. Her job has taken her around the world having lived and worked in Milan, London, Rome, Reykjavik, Bratislava, Brussels and throughout Australia. In 2008 she returned to her studio and began to dedicate her time to her own art practice.

When she embraced the medium of photography, she felt that taking a picture that represented only what was within the frame of the lens wasn't expressing her personal and inner experience of the world around her. With the eye and training of a painter and with years of experience behind her in film visual effects, she began to take my photos to another level.

Nelson's Other Worlds series comprises of floating worlds. The work is meticulously composed with thousands of assembled details and is characterized by the tension between reality and the imagined. Visual poetry, nature photography and digital techniques blend together to give shape to these transcendental landscapes. The result is a contemporary pictorial mythology that subtly reminds the viewer of a profound truth: that it is in the flourishing variety of the local that the fate of the world resides.

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