Saturday, March 28, 2020

LocalAir - Day 4 & 5 - Workbench

I'm enjoying the workbench above, it's taking me outdoors and has me thinking about future harvests.

Day 4 was a lot like Day 3 but less adhoc, I continued with stretching and gesso on canvas. Making is keeping me occupied and I know the thinking/ideas part of the residency hasn't kicked in yet. Somewhere in the back of my mind it is percolating away, but I won't rush it; time is something I have at the moment.

Day 5 - I decided to work on a small project that's not due until the end of April; I'm conscious of ever shifting restrictions with Covid19. Having it in the mail early may be a good option. I cut a fresh lino block and considered composition and colours for the work.
Keep well everyone x

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Day 3 - Supply

Studio storage, March 2020.
Day 3 of  #LocalAir (Local Artist in Residence) was all about supplies. The morning began with a grocery shop to have enough food to get through the mid-April 'peak'. Then home in the studio a look at what hardware I have for making over the next month.
Organising supplies is usually a Day 1 activity for me on a residency. Filling the fridge and studio with materials can be an adventure. In Tokyo at Youkobo Art Space, the local supermarket was a whole new experience, a mix of google translate, interpretation of images on containers and Wow! I wonder what that would taste like :-) At Haefliger's Cottage in Hill End I purchased groceries in Bathurst to last two weeks, and I'd filled my car with art materials and tools before heading on the road trip from the Gold Coast.

Studio materials, Youkobo Art Space Tokyo 2017.

In 2020 I'm drawing on resources physical and experiential gleaned over 30 years. It was a motivating exercise to look through my archive, storage and stretch some canvases.

I also decided to change my supply of news... we all know the story now. No need for me to suck up the hourly cycle :-) Spring light was amazing this morning, I practiced my yoga routine, got some fresh air feeding the chooks, imagined positive activity, planned conversation with friends, and generally focused on well-being. Some routine and structure has been established for #LocalAir... now for some making.

Keep well everyone x

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

LocalAir - Day 2

Day 2 of my LocalAir was a bit adhoc, but began well with the usual visit to see the chooks, feed and fresh water, some weeding and a check round the vegetable garden. Aphids have been rampant in the last month or two, disforming tops of cobblers peg (common weed here) and sucking the life out of my beans. I've started spraying the bean plants with eco-oil to suffocate the aphids, hopefully flowering (and beans) will start soon.
In the studio I looked out my improvised Gold Coast map, outlining the local 4209 area; stretched canvases, gesso applied and the usual emails, calls, etc. I need some structure and routine to get the most of LocalAir - establishing this will be my goal for Day 3. Keep well everyone x

Monday, March 23, 2020

LocalAir - Artist in Residence 2020

2020 Art and life / Local and global entwined. 
LocalAir- Artist in Residence - Timeframe: unknown. Location: Home. Outcome: to be advised.

It's Day 1 of my latest Artist in Residence, my first a.i.r on the Gold Coast and the first time my husband will be joining me. I've called it Local Air, I feel bouyed already. You are invited to join me in the Local AIR residence, it's part 'What do artists do all day?', part well-being, some interactive activities, and lots of thoughts on local. If you would like to join in at any time please simply tag your posts #LocalAir

A chorus of bird call woke me this morning at 5am, a great way to wake. Ideas of a residency began last night after announcements of Stage One restrictions. The creative incubator - aka the shower - formed up a few more details, and shortly after #LocalAir began.

There's a few reasons why this feels good to do:

  • I would like to have intention and some focus in what I do during the isolation time ahead.
  • Amidst external restrictions being placed on me, I'd like to have some agency. So within the restriction I'm making parameters of my choosing for the residency. Making some choices feels good.
  • I've been on several residencies - they've all been opportunities to look at place with fresh eyes. I'm excited to take this process to my local place.
  • I have no idea what outcomes will be, but I'm up for the journey.
Day 1 had the initial ideas stated and then the reality of work, actual work, that needed to be completed to make space, physical and mental for the residency. So a day of varnishing completed paintings, wrapping, and audio recordings for a show next month (online). Not much time left for the residency, but now a clean studio space for tomorrow. I decided on one parameter:
  • I will define my local place as being within the postcode area of 4209.
Until tomorrow, here's a blurry pic of my monthly To Do List, which is a series of scored out events, etc. Plenty of room for #LocalAir.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Value Adding

'Value Adding' ©2019 Nicola Moss, Altered book, relief print, pigmented ink, posca pen, Shiramine paper and graphite, with Solander box, installed size 217 x 196cm (double-sided), box size 67 x 31 x 6cm. Photo: Carl Warner. Courtesy of the artist and Onespace Gallery.

'Value Adding' began with a second hand book I purchased at the Lifeline Bookfest.  Then transformed as an altered book, ‘Redlands. The story of an Australian Shire’ by Derek Townsend, has been layered with my drawings and relief prints of ecological motifs. Reading the pages as I began working on them, words would stand out to me – ‘pasture’, ‘society’, ‘riches’, etc. History tells many stories of place, people, progress and development. Language used can at times be based in terms of economics – population growth, prosperity, resources, land value and industry. My overlay highlights the value of healthy natural environment and well-being in our connected relationship with place.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

New Acquisition

'The Porch' ©2019 Nicola Moss, Paper collage, synthetic polymer paint, mixed media on linen, 120 x 150cm. Photo: Carl Warner. Courtesy of the artist and Onespace Gallery.

I am delighted to hear my work 'The porch' has been acquired for the Redland Art Gallery Collection. While preparing for this exhibition I walked around streets in Cleveland, observing many views of the suburban front porch and balcony, a space often occupied with potted plants and a comfy looking lounge chair. These cosy outdoor/indoor spaces are ones we create for ourselves; as one Redland local responded when describing their garden - “I have pot plants outside my front door, so I’m limited in how many plants I can have.”

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Invitation to Adaption

'Without trees and plants around my home I believe my soul would shrivel' ©2019 Nicola Moss, 140 x 140cm. Photographed by Carl Warner. Courtesy of the artist and Onespace Gallery.


2 February - 8 March 2020

Opening Event: 6.30 pm Friday 7 February 2020

Please feel welcome to join in viewing my latest works in the group exhibition Adaption at Redland Art Gallery Cleveland. I look forward to seeing you if you can attend.

Adaption is an exhibition that reflects on the many values of healthy environments - ones we create for ourselves as communities and those larger forces beyond our control. Featuring works by Miles Allen, Helena Jackson-Lloyd and myself - we each bring a dialogue in response to our contemporary relationship with the Australian landscape.

To be opened by Russell Craig, Senior Lecturer, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.

RSVP acceptances by Wednesday 5 February 2020
Telephone RSVP line: (07) 3030 4163 or email:

Also please feel welcome to join us for Floor Talks from exhibiting artists and morning tea
10am Sunday 9 February 2020.

Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland
Cnr Middle and Bloomfield Streets,
Cleveland Q 4163
Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm
Sunday 9am – 2pm

Monday, December 16, 2019

SUMMER at Arthouse Gallery

'Memories of gifts received and given' ©2019 Nicola Moss, 150 x 120cm. Photographed by Carl Warner.

I'm delighted to be showing recent work in the group exhibition SUMMER at Arthouse Gallery Sydney. Memories of gifts received and given reflects on visits to friends' gardens and conversations about the value and sense of well-being, plants and green space provide.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Tree water

'Tree water (Germinate)' ©2019 Nicola Moss, Unique state relief print and collage on Awagami paper, 44x25.5cm. Photo: Carl Warner. Courtesy of the artist and Onespace Gallery.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

When I grow up...

'When I grow up I would like to live in a forest' ©2019 Nicola Moss, Unique state relief print and collage on Awagami paper, 42x52cm. Photo: Carl Warner. Courtesy of the artist and Onespace Gallery.