Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A Search for Balance

'Lines Drawn - End of the Road and Hoop Pine Country' ©2009 Nicola Moss.

This is my 400th blog post on Layers of Life. Where did the last seven years go?

As I contemplate all the amazing experiences, places, and people I have met over these years, it was with interest that I came across an article written by my good friend and fellow artist - Susan Buret, in 2009 for what was then my first exhibition of work from the Greenbelt Project. Seven years on the sentiments ring true as ever, and Hoop Pines continue to feature regularly in my artwork.

Thanks for visiting Layers of Life over the years, contributing your comments and having a read. I'm not sure what's in store for the new year - 2016, I'll keep you posted.

Cheers,
Nicola.


Power vs. Vulnerability. A SEARCH FOR BALANCE.

Many artists use new media when they move on to a new body of work. Greenbelt is Nicola Moss’s first exhibition that includes photographic works. However, what appears at first glance to be a new body of work is a richer and more considered exploration of the ideas and observations that have formed the basis of Moss’s work for several years. Images contrast speedy destruction with slow and laborious regeneration. Silhouettes and ghost maps hint at species, vegetation and open space lost to urban sprawl.

These works are the result of meticulous research and serial observation that characterises Moss’s practice. Moss invites us to consider how local authorities deal with the inevitable development that comes with the increase in population as urbanisation spreads to become a ribbon along the coast and hinterlands of Australia. What happens to those small pockets of endangered environments that fall outside of the smooth and apparently random contours traced by the planner’s pen when greenbelt areas are delineated? Why do we choose some areas, left derelict by development, for regeneration? What are the criteria for inclusion or exclusion?

Moss’s work is quietly beautiful and not overtly judgemental. There is no anger, no strident call to arms or disdainful didacticism. The subtle images and thoughtfully documented observations have the potential to engage on many levels, offering the viewer the chance to contemplate or become more actively involved in the discussion and debate about land use.  

Susan Buret. 2009

Friday, December 18, 2015

Mater Private Hospital Springfield - Recent Commission

 
'Community Life' ©2015 Nicola Moss. Hand cut papers and synthetic polymer paint, each 140 x 90cm.  Courtesy of the artist and SGAR.

Community Life was recently installed in the new Mater Private Hospital Springfield. Featured in the reception area, these hand cut paper works bring together connections of community and environment in Springfield. I envisioned the works reflecting a sanctuary of calm sensory experience; with water and vegetation silhouettes connected in orbs of life, memory and spirit.

This commission was developed in conjunction with
iAM Projects.

Monday, December 14, 2015

And the winner is...

Congratulations to Lisa Woolfe, winner of the mailing list subscribers December Gift Giveaway. A hard cover copy of my Brisbane Botanic Gardens Residency book - Layers of Life is on the way in the mail.

Lisa received a residency at Grafton Regional Gallery this year, you can check out Lisa's expanded drawing practice on her blog.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Mailing List - Gift Giveaway


Have you considered joining my mailing list? Now may be a good time; with my November Art Update I have a small Gift Giveaway draw for subscribers.
To thank subscribers for their support, each is in the draw for a chance to receive a gift of a hard cover copy of my Brisbane Botanic Gardens Artist in Residence book - Layers of Life.
The book documents seasonal highlights from the Australian Plant communities at Mt.Coot-tha, Brisbane, March to November, along with images of artworks I exhibited at the end of year exhibition 'Family Tree' in 2009.

One winner will be drawn randomly on Monday 14th December 2015 and I'll be in touch to get the book in the mail. Cut off for entry is midnight Sunday 13th December 2015 (Australian ESDT)
If you would like to join my mailing list and be in the draw, you can do so at this link - http://eepurl.com/bqvpKT
Best wishes.

Monday, November 16, 2015

A new home - Priority species-Moreton Bay

'Priority species - Moreton Bay' ©2013 Nicola Moss. Hand cut paper and synthetic polymer paint, 141cm diameter.  Courtesy of the artist and SGAR.

Jupiters Hotel and Casino Gold Coast celebrates its 30th anniversary this November. I was delighted to have my artworks acquired for their collection, with the mandala paper cut Priority species - Moreton Bay installed as part of refurbishment of two penthouses.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Cult GC article

'Synergy - Radiance' ©2015 Nicola Moss. Hand cut papers, synthetic polymer paint, pigmented ink. 65 x 88cm.  Courtesy of the artist and SGAR.

The CULT GC blog has a lovely article this week about my exhibition Synergy. CULT GC is written by Ashleigh Wadman as a platform to showcase talent in the region. Ashleigh is utterly passionate about supporting and nurturing artists, art collectives, art spaces, galleries, museums and cultural events and fostering innovative and academic dialogue around them.

The article begins with.... "Synergy, the latest solo exhibition by Gold Coast based artist Nicola Moss, is a well-conceived installation that embodies the symbiosis between man-made and natural forces. In Moss’ hands the Spiro Grace Art Rooms (SGAR) have been transformed from a Spring Hill art gallery into an immersive and sensory environment that evokes harmony between the natural environment and our human dependence on them."

You can read the full article here. Thank you Ashleigh.

Synergy - Final week at SGAR

'Synergy ' installation ©2015 Nicola Moss. Courtesy of the artist and SGAR.

If you would like to head along and see my show Synergy before it finishes, Spiro Grace Art Rooms is open this week Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Synergy - Rejuvenation

'Synergy - Tides II' Nicola Moss 2015, Hand cut and pieced papers, synthetic polymer paint, charcoal frottage, collagraph, pigmented ink, washi paper. Framed size 51 x 53cm. Courtesy of the artist and SGAR.

It's a week since my solo show Synergy opened at Spiro Grace Art Rooms in Brisbane. I've spent the last week reading, sleeping, spending time in the garden and catching up on tasks I'd put aside, things like tax and a visit to the dentist. I'm enjoying having Synergy in my routine.

I think of Synergy as a way we connect with environment around us. It's something I feel when I'm present in a place; present enough in a time and space that my senses are engaged with the living world around me. It's noticing the breeze on my face, listening to a bird call, watching clouds pass in the sky. When I paint outdoors on site with friends I go home with a weathered feeling, but at the same time I find the experience rejuvenating. Perhaps you notice it when you're on holidays or in fleeting moments - eating lunch under a tree in a city park. I value this connection or exchange of energy, it enriches my sense of place and well-being, it's what I think of as Synergy.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

In the studio

Studio installation 2015 Nicola Moss. Courtesy of the artist and SGAR.