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.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Jean's Garden - Hill End

I've been looking back over some of the photographs I took of Jean's Garden at Hill End, during my residency in 2012. They are a kaleidoscope of vibrant colour, spring blossom and organic forms.
The painting I titled 'Jean's Garden (Hill End)' has been selected for the 2014 Calleen Art Award, on show at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery in New South Wales. The award exhibition will feature paintings by artists from around Australia and opens for viewing on Saturday 3rd May. I'm not sure that I'll get to see it in the flesh, but if you happen to be in the area, the show is on until the 15th June.

I wrote earlier about Jean Bellette and some of my experiences of the garden at Haefliger's cottage and Hill End here. The painting image is there too.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

New work

'Resource ecology (Heritage - Trade)' detail, ©2014 Nicola Moss. Synthetic polymer paint on hand cut paper, 140cm diameter. 

It's all happening in the studio and well over due for an update here. Several projects have been on the go, with a Public Art concept design developed in January. New hand cut paper work being made in the studio during February - March, and a successful residency application which I'll talk about more once I receive the all important confirmation paperwork.

The image above shows part of a new mandala paper cut work in progress last month, it's titled 'Resource ecology (Heritage - Trade)'. Perhaps you can decipher the current issue it reflects on.

More news soon.