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Moira Ness

Moira Ness is an interdisciplinary visual artist specializing in contemporary photo-based landscapes and algorithm-generated text painting. She has exhibited extensively throughout North America and Germany at Koerner Hall, Akasha Art Projects, Lakeshore Arts, Northern Contemporary, Gallery 44, Red Head Gallery, Latcham Gallery, The Art Gallery of Mississauga, OCADU, and Kunstwerk Carlshütte. Ness participated in the 2017 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition where she won the Emerging Artist Award and in the 2018 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair where she won the Catherine Bratty Award for Best of Art Fair, judged by Bruce Eves. Ness lives in Toronto and works out of Northern Contemporary Studios in Parkdale. Ness is on Arts Etobicoke's Board of Directors and recently joined their gallery committee.

Artistic Statement

Moira Ness is a multidisciplinary artist who specializes in contemporary landscape photography and text-based digital art. Her photography work explores the GTA, searching for unique ambient night lighting and boldly coloured buildings to create minimalistic scenes. Ness digitally manipulates each shot to remove light sources or distracting elements. Her text work uses both text algorithms and photo algorithms to create her words and visuals. Through data mining her own personal archive, Ness creates confessional and romanticized text by utilizing a word-sorting algorithm. The algorithm scrambles groupings of source text, repurposing the archive. The visual patterns she creates are often confusing and unintelligible; however, upon closer inspection, hints of method can be spotted—a deeply personal story emerges from the distorted groupings. Ness is also interested in merging statistics with her own personal narrative and archive in visual ways.


Graphic/Digital Art, Photography

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