Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mater Children's Hospital Building Commemorative Commission

My hand cut paper work 'To resolve to be good today, but better tomorrow' has been installed in the foyer of the recently refurbished former Mater Children's Hospital Building, Brisbane.
The commission brings together connections of legacy, culture and community to honour the decommissioning of Mater Children's Hospital.

The paper cut triptych features hands representing care and commitment in services provided, connection to community and children, and Sisters of Mercy as Founders.

This commission was developed in conjunction with iAM Projects, with thanks to Renai, Michelle and Jon.
Also a special mention to my nieces and nephews - Will, Lucas, Abbie, Grace, Indie and Angus for making me some kid-size hand prints, Thank you.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Chuck Close at MCA


MCA's recent show - Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration - WOW!
I was delighted to have an opportunity to see this exhibition when recently in Sydney. The generosity of seeing plate proofs, mylar stencils, individual wood blocks and paper pulp screens was amazing. The workings of a master innovative artist, Chuck Close extends and pushes the limits of each medium, process and scale he investigates.
It was an interesting show too, to be aware of my eyes preference for incomplete proofs. For me, many of the one-third, half-way and two-third complete plate proofs were more intriguing than the fully realised and editioned work. There is something enigmatic about the half appearing face or subject. During the printing process, proofs have more space for my eye to rest, more contrast perhaps in the very worked and still to worked areas that appeals to me strongly. The completed works are extraordinary, don't get me wrong, but I am drawn to the abstract qualities and contrasts of the proofing stage.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Leichhardt Open Studio Trail weekend

 ArtCycle Inc. listening to an impromptu curator floor talk at Art Est. Art School and Gallery. As you can see below, I had a good time at the Scientia opening drinks with artists afternoon, held in conjunction with LOST - Leichhardt Open Studio Trail and Art Month Sydney. Artwork pictured is 'Resource Ecology (Conserve-Develop)', hand cut from a single piece of Fabriano paper.

With thanks to Jennifer and Lisa at Art Est. and Susan and Faye for joining in an afternoon of gallery hopping - and providing transport - cheers x.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Heritage ecology - Wollemi

'Heritage ecology - Wollemi' ©2015. Hand cut papers, synthetic polymer paint, rust stain, monoprint. 57 x 38cm. Photographed by Carl Warner. On show in Scientia, Art Est. Gallery, Leichhardt, 2-31st March 2015.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Con/struct at Caboolture Regional Art Gallery

Last weekend I headed along to the opening of Con/struct at Caboolture Regional Art Gallery. The exhibition is a celebration of Queensland Sculpture, featuring eleven artists who have a sustained practice in the sculpture realm.
Three of the artists gave talks prior to the official opening, providing interesting insight to their conceptual enquiries and process. A highlight of the show, for me, is the diversity of material and process utilised by the artists; with tactile qualities of organic materials and forms such as tree trunk and horn, ranging through to industrial products such as mdf and glossy laminate utilised in clean lines and planes of design aesthetic.

One work in particular had my attention, partly because I had seen it before in another location. Daniel Templeman's sculpture titled 'Four Rings'; was exhibited at Spiro Grace Art Rooms in 2013 where it occupied the volume of the room. My experience then was a sense of stepping into a space within the artwork. On show at Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, the same work was sited within 4 metre high gallery walls with expansive space surrounding. The tension of the sculpture sitting on the floor became more apparent, along with beautiful shadow lines. I'm sure sculptors are well aware of their work having a different presence in various locations, I was conscious of my experience and perception of a work being quite different.

Artists in Con/struct include - Lincoln Austin, Eleanor and James Avery, Laurindo De Abreu Soto, Simone Eisler, Jason Fitzgerald, Hew Chee Fong, Stephen Hart, Stephen Newton, Charles Robb and Daniel Templeman.
Con/struct is on show until 11th April, 2015. Further artist talks and a panel discussion are scheduled during February and March, details here.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Scientia at Art Est. Gallery

A couple of my paper cut works are in the exhibition Scientia, curated by Lisa Woolfe and presented by Art Est. Gallery, in conjunction with Art Month Sydney and LOST (Leichhardt Open Studio Trail).
I'm looking forward to seeing the show which features seven artists whose practice is informed by one or more of the sciences. The works I have included were developed in response to a month long residency at BigCi in the Blue Mountains. Celebrating the biodiversity of flora and fauna in the World Heritage listed area; works combine elements of competing interests in the ecology - conservation, development and mineral resources.

Scientia runs from the 2nd to 31st March. If you are in the area on Saturday 14th March, please join us for drinks from 3-5pm. Look forward to seeing you if you can make it.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Monday, December 29, 2014

Happy New Year

The last light of Summer Solstice passed and the end of year fast approaches. I hope you are enjoying a lovely festive season with family and friends.

Thank you all for a great year in 2014.....
For your support and encouragement, for turning up at exhibitions and wishing me well. To those who joined in outdoor creative activities and shared experiences in the studio, it was so lovely to see what you were up to. To the galleries and staff who work hard to show works, offer opportunities and support interest in creative developments - Thank you! To family, colleagues, friends - new and old, supporters and readers - Thank you. Art wouldn't be the same without you - Wishing you a great New Year in 2015.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Collectibles IV at SGAR

'Rich and Rare'  ©2014, Nicola Moss. Courtesy of SGAR.

Spiro | Grace Art Rooms would like to invite you to celebrate the year past and the year to come with Christmas cocktails on Saturday, December 6 at 5pm. 'Collectibles IV' will feature a selection of artists from 2014 and will see the introduction of their 2015 program. The exhibition marks their fifth year of operation and the end of the second year in a beautiful architecturally designed project space.

Exhibiting artists include Sue Beyer, Charles Robb, Svenja Kratz, Simon Degroot, Megan Cope, Sophie Bottomley, Franz Ehmann, Camille Serisier, Simone Eisler, Michelle Eskola and Jan Van Dijk, Gerwyn Davies and myself.

'Rich and Rare' pictured above is one of three new hand cut paperworks I have in the group exhibition. Themes of city and nature are evident in the works, incorporating inspiration from our travel to Japan this year where I bought some beautiful papers. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Your favourite tree?

Having an open studio during my residency at Grafton Regional Gallery invited many informal conversations with visitors. I would inevitably ask them about their favourite tree in Grafton. There were some clear stand outs, in particular the large White Fig (Ficus virens) on the corner of Prince and Victoria Streets. Planted around 1880 this giant of a tree reaches well across the width of Grafton's extra wide streets casting cool shade under its green umbrella. The camera doesn't really capture its scale.

Jacaranda's, naturally, had several mentions, sometimes a particular tree that stood more alone was distinguished. And then there were comments on Silky Oak and Flame trees, along with the large row of figs on Breimba Street, another cool shady green sanctuary. I was stopped in the street and asked what the Tulipwood trees were, perhaps photographing trees gave away my interest.
When I first arrived in Grafton the Tabebuia were in full flower with bells of golden yellow filling the branches and making carpets below. By the time my residency ended the Poinciana trees were bursting with new leaf and flowers just emerging.

In the last week I photographed several Lacebark trees along Bacon Street, they were a standout for me, I just love the form of the tree with it's pink bell flowers. And one other curious tree will remain memorable, not so much because of its species, paperbark, more for the two metre cloak of nature strip grass which it wore.

There is one more tree I'd like to mention, a rare species in cultivation, the White Lace Flower (Archidendron hendersonii) on Duke Street, had its beautiful puffball flowers on display. These are only a selection of the street trees I saw in flower. Do you have a favourite?