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?

Friday, November 7, 2014

Out of the studio

I had a great day on Tuesday when I joined local artist Sue Harris, who invited me to go with her, on an outing to see fauna survey work in a local reserve. We met with a ranger and two ecologists on site to see what had been caught in the traps set overnight. Seeing the wildlife up-close was fantastic. Each animal was handled so delicately during its identification for the survey. The landscape was beautiful with sandstone ridges, grass trees and a rock-bed creek of interspersed pools. We heard frog croak and saw various burrows, along with a couple of lace monitor. It's not often that I would have an opportunity to join in an outing like this, not just to see the scientific work that is being undertaken, but also to partake in the conversation that occur around subjects of environment.
Thank you Sue, it was so good!


During my residency I've enjoyed spending time walking around the streets of Grafton photographing elements of the natural and built environment. I've noticed many trees have outgrown their initial curb or ground enclosure. Some tree roots sprawl across bitumen, rippling the ground surface, while co-occupying or competing with parking space. I find the edge of environments interesting, the place where two different zones cross over, in permaculture this zone is an area of higher diversity. In a street scape I imagine it could be a place where values are weighed up - the tree or the carpark?

Monday, November 3, 2014

In the studio

Work is starting to come together on the wall of the studio at Grafton Regional Gallery. I'm at the end of week three in my residency, with one week to go. It's always interesting to be somewhere you don't know and experience the place and community - I think of it as being a sense of 'fresh eyes'. Nothing is that familiar so I tend to see everything equally, so to speak. Four weeks is a good length of time to get a feel for a place, I can't 'know' it, but connections and ideas develop, often unexpectedly.
Sound is something that has put me outside of my comfort zone during the residency. Before I came I was thinking of Grafton as being in regional Australia, a country town, and hadn't quite grasped the suburban town-ness of being in an apartment on Fitzroy Street. Where I live and work on the Gold Coast is very quiet, silence is a common experience during my days there. I hadn't realised how much of a sanctuary that place is, removed really from a lot of the day to day activities of community. Grafton has ignited many thoughts about community, participation, and what it means to live in town. I won't miss the street sweeper at 4.30am every morning, but I am aware of being far more engaged with community life and its emotions. Plenty for me to contemplate....this has been in part a 'fresh ears' experience.

I would like to Thank very much Grafton Regional Art Gallery for supporting my artist residency, with generous funding from Arts NSW. The residency has been a unique experience, I'm looking forward to the next week.