Acanthus & Moss Damask Wallcovering
preserved moss, dimensions variable, shown 120 x 108 inches
Traditionally, wallcoverings over the last century have taken their cues from nature. Most patterns are a simplified and orderly repeat of natural shapes, curves, bells, flowers, leaves, the intertwining of vines. However, these wallcoverings are both physically and artistically derived from nature being constructed from preserved moss. On the main wall is a design based on a William Morris pattern that mimics the Acanthus plant, in this covering the pattern moves organically from the ground up, while Moss Damask works it’s way down from the ceiling. I wanted with these two works to bridge the gap in Gallery C between the outside sculpture garden and the interior space. To bring the outside inside, while exploring the age and traditional design of the local architecture in Cold Spring.