Friday, May 31, 2013

Upon a fold

'Family Traits - Proteaceae' (detail) 2009, Nicola Moss.

I have been reading the blog - Upon a fold - for some time now (you'll find it in my blog list on the side bar). Justine brings together a wonderful selection of artisan works, processes and craft made from and using paper. As she describes it - "you will find a curated collection of paper artistry from around the world". So I feel quite honoured to find my hand cut paper work featured in a post this week.
Thanks again Justine.

Monday, May 27, 2013

In the studio

Where did May go? It's been a month of solid work in the studio, with new pieces coming together for my upcoming exhibition at Redland Art Gallery. I started work on this project - 'With or without' towards the end of 2011. An art camp week at North Stradbroke Island in March last year provided a lot of source material in the form of frottage papers capturing the geology of coastal landscape forms; along with ideas around issues of biodiversity and sustainability in Moreton Bay.

At the time I had thought 2012 might be a quieter year, a time for studio work, but quite a few other projects, residencies and exhibitions filled the year....who am I kidding, it was flat out and provided a whole lot more inspiration and source material which will keep me creating for the next couple of years. (No complaints here.) So amidst this it has been interesting to have time now to return to a project begun a couple of years ago, to approach the papers and reference material with memories of the experiences and ideas. Without me realising it ideas for this project have continued percolating away in the back of my mind. It's been exciting to read back over my visual diaries and reignite the questions and thoughts that sparked my enthusiasm for this series in the first place. 'What is sustainability?'

Friday, May 3, 2013

Drawing a line at Caboolture RAG

'Life on the edge - Caught in the flow' ©2012. Nicola Moss. Acrylic, natural ochre, charcoal frottage, hand cut papers. Collection of Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Last weekend I attended the opening of 'Drawing a line' at Caboolture Regional Art Gallery. The exhibition presents works from the Moreton Bay Regional Council Art Collection featuring drawing as a medium, along with a selection of contemporary drawing works from artists around Australia. I really enjoyed this interesting show as line and various mediums have been interpreted in a broad sense of 'drawing'. From paper embossing, to sculpted ply and all manner of medium in between - biro, pastel, texta, charcoal, frottage, and ink. Artists on show include Lincoln Austin, Arlene Texta Queen, Godwin Bradbeer and Deb Mostert, along with works from the council collection by Carly Scoufos, Sharon Jewell and myself to name a few.

There are a number of artist talks being held in conjunction with the exhibition, Carly Scoufos will speak on the 8th May and I will be speaking about my processes and inspiration on the 29th May, both 10-11am. If you are in the area and feel like coming along it will be lovely to see you.
'Drawing a line' continues till 15th June.