Thursday, July 31, 2014

Highly Commended at The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize 2014

I received a surprise in the mail this week, along with a copy of the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize catalogue was a Highly Commended Award for my hand cut paper work - Priority species (Moreton Bay). It's so lovely to receive recognition for this work.

Images of all the finalist and winning artworks can be seen on the South Australian Museum website here. And a friend (Thank you Emma) sent me a link to this image of my artwork hanging in the museum.

The winning and highly commended artworks form part of a touring exhibition that is shown at the National Archives of Australia in Canberra. If you are in the area, exhibition dates are from 26th September to 9th November 2014.

Monday, July 28, 2014

After the fires - North Stradbroke Island

Last week I headed over to North Stradbroke Island with Helena to see how the island's flora was recovering after the New Year bushfires. The landscape feels open with sand visible across hillsides amongst the charred black of tree trunks and vibrant green of regrowth. It was good to see the Banksia, Melaleuca and eucalypt re-sprouting with new growth. Even more exciting to see were the seedlings, tiny delicate new lives covering the charred ground, almost as though someone had broadcast them. Whilst witnessing the devastation it was hard to not feel buoyed by the resilience of plants.

This map from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services shows the burn areas day by day.

I'll be developing artworks for a curated exhibition in June next year, more details a bit closer to the time.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Culture Ecology opening at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

I would like to extend you a warm invitation to the opening of my solo exhibition 'Culture Ecology' at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery on Friday 1st August at 6pm. The exhibition presents a body of hand cut paper artworks that respond to the ecology of Hill End, where I spent a month as artist in residence in 2012. Some previously unseen works including the 'Time Capsule' series form part of the show.
Exhibitions of work by Jason Benjamin, Kathryn Orton, Renuka Fernando and a curated selection from the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery's permanent collection also open on the night.
If you are in the Bathurst region at the end of next week it would be lovely to see you at the opening.
The exhibition continues until 28th September 2014.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Noosa Art Award

'Life on the edge - Girt by sea' (detail) ©2014, Nicola Moss. Courtesy of SGAR.

Noosa Regional Gallery on the Sunshine Coast is hosting its inaugural Noosa Art Award opening next month. With a theme of reflecting the unique character of modern Australia's coastal and hinterland environments, it felt like a perfect fit for my art practice, and I'm delighted to be selected for the finalist exhibition with my hand cut paper work - 'Life on the edge - Girt by sea'.
Some of the entry conditions required a bit of innovative thinking in relation to size and presentation of the works, so I'm looking forward to seeing how other artists have interpreted this.

The Noosa Art Award opens on Friday 29th August and is on show until Sunday 5th October 2014.

Sunday, June 29, 2014


The time arrived this week when I needed to pack my large hand cut paper installation for transport to Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, for my solo show being installed at the end of July. I realised about a week ago that this task would be best achieved with some assistance, and I'm VERY thankful that Rachael was available. It took the two of us all day...

I haven't packed this work before for interstate travel, so we tested a couple of ideas to ensure the work wouldn't slump and slide around inside the flat packs. And at the same time thinking of others who will need to unpack and repack this work for return at the end of the exhibition. I wait now to hear that it arrived safely and wasn't a nightmare to unpack!

'Making Home - softening the edges' will be on show at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery from 1st August to 28th September, 2014.

Thank you Rachael!

'Making home - softening the edges' ©2013, Nicola Moss. Courtesy of SGAR.

Monday, June 9, 2014

A little update...

'Priority species (Moreton Bay)' ©2013, Nicola Moss. Courtesy of SGAR.

It has been an encouraging last week with a couple of lovely emails received to let me know my artwork has been selected for The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize and the Sunshine Coast Art Prize.

The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize is held annually by the South Australian Museum and invites artists to investigate the world around them and present their own perspective on natural science. I visited the South Australian Museum in 2012 to see my work and the other finalists on show that year, and was impressed with the diverse selection of artwork, from Australian and international artists, in many forms of sculpture, drawing, fibre art, painting and craft. The exhibition is well worth a visit if you are in Adelaide between 26th July and 7th September this year.

The Sunshine Coast Art Prize is now in its ninth year, attracting entries from contemporary and emerging artists around Australia. Forty finalists are chosen for the exhibition featuring artworks in any two dimensional medium. The exhibition is held at Caloundra Regional Gallery from 27th August to 26th October 2014.

I'm looking forward to seeing the shows.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

In the flow of making

'Making home (detail)' ©2014, Nicola Moss.

After all the thinking of a couple of weeks ago I thought a little update on progress in the studio would be in order. Although it felt frustrating at the time, trying to refine and collate the ideas in my mind, I have to say it has been time well invested. The last week has been fantastic with making and developing all go-go in the studio. I can see that by working through thoughts and connections, various experiences and serendipitous readings from earlier in the month; I don't just have ideas for one or two works, but rather ideas for a whole body of work. I am a contemplative thinker and I can see that taking this time is of value to my practice.
So while the creative juices are flowing I'm going to get back to it. More updates shortly.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

In the studio

I've been sitting in my studio chair a lot this week, far too much really, staring blankly, thinking, more thinking. Procrastination, distraction, reading, virtual activity, more thinking. Then at night waking, scrawling down ideas which seem, at the time, if I may say, brilliant; and then in the morning - well I get the idea, but there's a whole lot of questions and doubt and unresolved areas - in other words not so brilliant. And so it has been for the last two weeks, so many ideas, too many ideas, trying to untangle them, sort out the meaning, isolate, refine. In some ways I'm trying to construct finished works in my head, trying to resolve the material, concept, application, scale, site position, etc. And as I know from experience, ideas in my head can only take a work so far, at some point the physical work has to begin - the process. Through the process of making, ideas can be refined and developed, one aiding the other. So I finally made a tentative start today, applying gesso to some panels which by the afternoon I decided I wouldn't use for the idea I was thinking of working on. But actually it was helpful, one step on the way to where ever this work is going. So now I'll wait to tomorrow and start again.
If you are looking for some distraction yourself, I listened to this video today of a talk by artist, Alexis Rockman. He paints works which are ecology based.

Nicola Moss, studio work in progress.

Monday, April 7, 2014

My new look art update

For a few years now I've been emailing an art update to the lovely people who have joined my website mailing list and added their details to my guest book at exhibitions. The update covers my latest news with what's on show, residencies, my studio and projects, along with exhibition invitations.
Over time the mailing list has grown and become a bit harder to keep track of manually, so I made the decision to start 2014 with a new format using Mail Chimp. It seemed like a good time to refresh my mailing list as well and confirm everyone was happy receiving it. If you were on my mailing list hopefully you received my invitation to join again.

The first edition of layers of life @ nicola moss for 2014 went out today. Thank you for all the lovely replies so far. You can read it online here, with options to subscribe for future updates if you like.

Now, I must get back to making.

Friday, April 4, 2014


 Have I mentioned how much I love books and reading? As a kid it was the yearly MS Read-athon clocking up the book titles. Then lists like '50 books you must read in your life', which did bring me to some classic favourites - here is one such list, though not the one I started working through. More recently I've been drawn to biographies and historical texts along with travel, food and contemporary art. A few years ago I headed along for the first time to the Lifeline Bookfest held in the Brisbane Convention Centre. The event is now a regular and anticipated date in my diary. The Bookfest alternates between Lifeline and Vinnies, roughly every 6 months. My first stop is the out of print book section, where I've picked up gems like 'Hillendiana' by Donald Friend and countless other books. I take my green shopping bags with me and decide it's time to leave when I can't carry any more weight....there's always next time. So a new bookshelf in my studio would be of no surprise, or the fact that is already full!

A few recently read texts are pictured. I'll never look at a Vermeer painting the same way again after reading 'Girl with a pearl earring' and I'm eagerly anticipating our first trip to Japan later this year.

Happy reading.