Thursday, March 31, 2011

Renewable Energy - How much leaf litter does it take to change a light bulb?

Nicola Moss, 'Renewable Energy - How much leaf litter does it take to change a light bulb?'. Synthetic polymer and pigmented ink on canvas. 150x220cm. ©2010. Photography by Carl Warner.

The painting above, Renewable Energy - How much leaf litter does it take to change a light bulb?, began with a site visit to Turtle Swamp Wetlands on Russell Island, Redlands late last year. After passing through coastal heathland we entered a darker more enclosed forest with banksia and casuarina foliage densely canopied against the sky. The light was dimmed but it also felt like a comforting place to me. Visiting many natural environments over the past year, I have noticed that plants and the earth cycle energy in efficient ways, nothing is superfluous. Leaves falling to the ground gradually compost, creating more soil and a place for new seed to sprout, new life. I wondered if we, humans, could find a way to transfer energy as efficiently as plants photosynthesise. There has been some progress in 'green' energy but it seems to me to move at a slow pace.

While painting this work for some reason the line of the often heard joke ' How many.....does it take to change a light bulb?' came to mind, it seemed appropriate.

This painting will be on show as part of my 'Diamonds in my eyes' solo exhibition opening at Salt Contemporary Art in two weeks time.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Flight Dreams by Susan Buret

My good friend and fellow artist, Susan Buret, has a solo exhibition - Flight Dreams - opening this Saturday, 2nd April at Loft Gallery in Bowral. If you have an opportunity to visit the show during April I can highly recommend it. Susan's paintings layer seductive colour, hand cut map collage and intricate patterns on canvas and exquisite timber panels. The works allow viewers to interact on many levels, from the intriguing visual patterns to more contemplative thoughts on identity and where we may find ourselves in the world, though not always by choice. Susan was recently interviewed about her art practice on the Art Resource blog, you can read more here.

Saturday, March 19, 2011


I was recently interviewed about my art practice and upcoming exhibition on the Visual Arts blog Art-Resource. Steve Gray began the 'Re-Source' blog as a place where students, artists, art workers and enthusiasts could find information on how to do things, who does things, and how it all comes together. "Ideas, thoughts, theories, exploration, views, process, people, galleries, etc." The site is engaging with interviews from artists working in a wide range of medium and style. I found insights to the inspiration and studio practices of artists enriched my viewing of the artworks.

Special thanks to Amanda van Gils and Steve Gray for organising and hosting the interview, much appreciated - Thank you.