A MIDSUMMER DAY’S DREAM
A Midsummer Day’s Dream was made primarily on location in the landscape at the Nuggetty Hills in central Victoria. Nelson began work on one sheet of paper, using ink, and then the work expanded sheet by sheet over months, subsequently incorporating collage and studio-based reconfigurations. A Midsummer Day’s Dream is both an observed response to nature, as well as imagined. Nelson seeks to convey a dream-like and languid mood through the depiction of light, and to bring a surreal quality into play with colour. For the artist, landscape – particularly when experienced up close – can be a theatre of the strange. Nelson recognises in this landscape narrative possibilities, like a stage set for a play.