Breathing in Art – Sapphire Goss

Breathing In Art is a new series by Fermynwoods Contemporary Art to support and promote mask wearing whilst celebrating and featuring selected artists. Whilst we’re amid a global pandemic and wearing masks to protect ourselves and others is part of everyday life, we’re inviting artists to design a range of masks that will be available to the public.

The next in this series comes from Sapphire Goss, a video artist whose work explores experimental materiality and hybrid collaborative forms to make work that grows, decays and lives beyond the screen. Sapphire also recently created a new film based work, Neverending Jigsaw, as part of our Triple Harvest series of remixed archival films, which layers industrial textures and movement interspersed with bucolic hand tinted scenes of farmland.

The image digitally collages close up photos of reindeer moss – tiny bone-white forms that seem to represent many things at once about this strange time. They are at once bronchial tubes, frayed nerves, communication webs, threads of thought, bleached white branches, finger nebulae, coral, the mycorrhizal fungal networks that connect trees, hands reaching out.

I used antique lenses and filters made from the same moss to make in-camera distortions. The 100 year old glass filters the light to the sensor through the eyes of time: a single breath of a moment connected all breaths throughout history.

Sapphire Goss

To order this mask design for just £20 including P&P click on the product image below to order from our online store.

We are working with a sustainable supplier who make everything in the UK through ethical employment practices, with eco-friendly inks, FSC certified materials and water-free manufacturing. The masks are made to order, and any fabric waste is given free to creatives to repurpose instead of sending to landfill.

Look out for more Breathing in Art designs in the coming weeks.