'Making home - ecology (Hill End)' ©2013. Nicola Moss. Acrylic on hand cut paper. Courtesy of SGAR.
I spent a day last week installing my show at SGAR, it was great to see it all up on the walls, and now it's just a short wait for the opening on Friday.
During my residency at Hill End I was aware that not only are all species connected in an ecology - time is also connected. The town of Hill End presents an intriguing place where the heritage of land use, migration and settlement can be seen clearly. From the gold rush boom of the 1870's and subsequent decline in population, to the interest of artists in the 1940's and 50's to today. My exhibition features works that reflect the influence of cultural heritage on environment. I have focused on the activity of making home, of dwelling in a place, and how this alters and adapts the surrounding ecology.
Situated like a small enclave within a rugged Australian landscape, Hill End is characterised by paling fences, remnant orchards and grand avenue trees. There is a blurring at the edges of this enclave, where coppiced forests cut for firewood and eroded mining gullies blend the adaption of native species and altered geology. Exploring the adaption of environment at Hill End has incorporated ideas of comfort, cycles of life and death, and the heritage of introduced exotic species. In a way simple needs - making home, necessity of food and softening the edges of living have shaped the cultural ecology of Hill End.
'Making home - ecology (Hill End)' 2013, features exotic species which contribute to the fabric of Hill End. The mandala like form was inspired by several needlework doily pieces I viewed while at Haefligers cottage.
My special thanks go to Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and staff for their support of the Hill End Artist in Residence Program and for funding the 2012 residency. Thank you.
I would like to extend you a warm invitation to the opening of Culture Ecology at SGAR: Spiro Grace Art Rooms, 255 Gregory Terrace, Spring Hill, Brisbane; on Friday 15th March, 6-8pm.
It will be lovely to see you if you can make it.