Catherine Nelson’s planets

The Gallerysmith stall at the Melbourne Art Fair featured the work of photo media artist Catherine Nelson. Her large images of planet-like globes are very striking, as you can see. Nelson trained as a painter before working for years as visual effects designer for films such as Moulin Rouge and Harry Potter.

She now works as a solo artist building up her fisheye landscapes out of hundreds of separate photographs. They are expertly composed, even up close there is no sign of stitching. And despite the distortions, they are visions of convincing natural locales. They combine the intimacy of the foreground habitat with the illusion that you’re looking at a planet floating in space, like the NASA photos of planet earth. And yet, seen in another way, they might be illustrations of biological cells. I hate to utter these words, but yes, it’s the macro and the micro.

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