Monday, June 29, 2015

Opening artist talk at Caboolture Regional Art Gallery


My opening artist talk for Disassemble | Reassemble at Caboolture Regional Art Gallery on Saturday.
Image courtesy of Sandra Conte, Producer of eARTh e-mag, thank you Sandra.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Disassemble | Reassemble opening at Caboolture Regional Art Gallery

'Life on the edge - Phoenix cycle' ©2015.  Nicola Moss. Hand cut papers, synthetic polymer paint, charcoal frottage, washi paper, interfacing, thread and wire. 196cm x 170cm. Photographed by Carl Warner. Courtesy of the artist and Spiro Grace Art Rooms.
 
 
It has been a full week. After returning home from the exhibition opening at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, this week I have been installing artworks at Caboolture Regional Art Gallery for the opening of Disassemble | Reassemble.
 
Curated by Zoe Roos, Disassemble | Reassemble highlights the relationship between humans and nature, and contemplates the attitudes, both caring and careless, that shape human life on the planet. The foundations of the exhibition arose from memories of the early 1990’s environmental superhero, Captain Planet: the star of an animated children’s TV edutainment series that advocated environmentalism.
In the series, a modern-day team of ‘planeteers’ from several nations could embody and use the qualities of five elements: earth, wind, fire, water and heart. When combined their powers could summon the environmental warrior Captain Planet to defeat eco-villains who attempted to destroy the planet.
The artists presented in this exhibition represent a sort of contemporary ‘planeteer’. With their powers combined Jane Burton, Svenja Kratz, Peter Madden, Nicola Moss, Polixeni Papapetrou, Hobie Porter, Tony Rice, Kate Shaw and Katarina Vesterberg explore the natural and human degradation and rejuvenation of the environment in an ongoing dialogue between nature and those who inhabit it.

I would like to extend a warm invitation to join in the opening and viewing of Disassemble | Reassemble, opening on Saturday 27th June with artist talks by Hobie Porter, Svenja Kratz and myself from 9.30am, followed by official proceeding at 10.30am. The exhibition  continues to 29th August 2015 at Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, The Hub, 4 Hasking Street, Caboolture, Queensland. 


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Exploring: BigCi installed


The opening night of Exploring: BigCi was a lovely event, catching up with Rae and Yuri from BigCi, and the exhibiting artists. Thank you to everyone who came along to hear the informal talks and opening speeches. The collaboration between Hawkesbury Regional Gallery and BigCi has provided opportunities for many artists, both international and Australian to engage with the rich ecology of the greater Blue Mountains Region and share these experiences with the public, Congratulations.

Special thanks to Diana Robson and the team at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery for a great install of the work.

Exploring: BigCi is on show until 2nd August 2015, if you are in the area.


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Exploring: BigCi opening at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery

'Heritage ecology - In the mosaic' (detail)©2015.  Nicola Moss. Hand cut papers, synthetic polymer paint, charcoal frottage,  natural ochre, rust stain, mono-print, ink, twine. 240cm x 300cm. Photographed by Carl Warner. Courtesy of the artist and Spiro Grace Art Rooms.

Curated by Diana Robson, Exploring: BigCi features a survey of works selected from Australian and International BigCi artists in residence.  BigCi (Bilpin International Grounds for Creative Initiatives) sits within the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, providing access to a rich ecology covering over one million hectares.
I'm delighted to be included in the exhibition at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, together with works by Chris Dolman and Paul Williams (Sydney), Kath Fries (Sydney), Hyewon Hye Shim (Korea), Claudia Luke (Germany), Crisia and Andrei Miroiu (Romania), Nandita Mukand (Singapore), Rachel Peachy and Paul Mosig (Blue Mountains).  My hand cut paper works showcase the individual lives and connected relationships of fauna, flora and human development in the region. Developed from experiences during the four week residency I had in 2012, the works incorporate tactile surfaces of frottage, mono-print and stains from site.

I would like to extend a warm invitation to join in the opening and viewing of Exploring: BigCi, officially opening on Friday 19th June at 6pm, and continuing to 2nd August 2015 at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Deerubbin Centre, 300 George Street, Windsor, New South Wales.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Art Camp Coolum

 
I spent a wonderful few days last week with colleagues, working outdoors at Coolum. I find it so refreshing to spend time working like this, listening to the crash of the tide, bird calls, feeling the breeze on my face, the salty smell. These experiences engage all of my senses and ground me in the moment. All of this transfers to the papers I am working on and embed memories of place and sensation in completed artworks.
Special thanks to Helena and Donna.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

How to....


There are days in the studio when making art is not the activity being undertaken. Today was one of those days when administrative requirements took priority. I have an show coming up at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery in New South Wales, and I'd like to make sure the installation of my work happens as smoothly as possible. So today was a day for making instructions, a how to guide for installation, with lots of step by step photos, some underlying templates for placement of pieces and general guidelines for pin placement, handling and flexibility when it comes to the inevitable variations associated with work on this scale.
Then I had a test run, with the work being professionally documented tomorrow, I installed it on another wall at home, using the images and templates I'd made. All went well with the work up in under two hours, hopefully the gallery staff will find them as useful.
Next will be the packing for transport, and then back to the making.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Art in the Pub


I would like to thank Byron School of Art and c.a.s.e for making me feel very welcome on Monday night at Art in the Pub. I shared stories of my experiences finding inspiration outdoors in some of Australia's stunning heritage environments - through residencies at Hill End and BigCi, and a project closer to home - Life on the edge. Along with some finished artworks developed from these and working images of process and in progress works. Lovely to meet you and thanks for a great night.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Art in the Pub


I'll be giving a talk next Monday, 11th May, at the Courthouse Hotel in Mullumbimby. If you are in the area please feel welcome to come along on the night.
I would like to thank c.a.s.e and Byron School of Art for inviting me to speak about my artwork.

Look forward to seeing you there if you can make it.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

In the studio


My studio work table at the end of making a work. Layers of pieces that did and didn't make it into the final work,  makes me think of the phrase - what ends up on the cutting room floor.