March 2019 | Black and Blue, Tender Landscapes by Penny Coss
Black and Blue, Tender Landscapes
Is about encounters in nature. It refers to a local site that endured a bush fire seven years ago and Penny Coss' subsequent observations and engagement with this site. The unfolding of its history and its recovery forms the basis of the idea of a bruised landscape, hence the colours black and blue dominate the body of work. Repeated visits to this site reveal fragments of an unremembered history for Coss. Coss is interested in how the environment can simultaneously seem so alien and yet familiar. It is this experience that Coss wants to unravel through her material processes and through imagination, by reconstructing the encounter with phenomena and the sensations of engaging with the landscape.
Penny Coss is an artist based in Perth. Coss' practice revolves around walking as a primary way of connecting with the world, where memory and the walking body is the threshold between the corporeal and the intangible. A type of psychogeography, walking in the landscape is situational, traversing that which is familiar and unfamiliar. Coss has exhibited her work extensively across Australia and in Singapore, and participated in group exhibitions in Australia and internationally, as well as undertaking further studies at St. Martins School of Art, London. Coss is represented in multiple public and corporate collections.