Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A Search for Balance

'Lines Drawn - End of the Road and Hoop Pine Country' ©2009 Nicola Moss.

This is my 400th blog post on Layers of Life. Where did the last seven years go?

As I contemplate all the amazing experiences, places, and people I have met over these years, it was with interest that I came across an article written by my good friend and fellow artist - Susan Buret, in 2009 for what was then my first exhibition of work from the Greenbelt Project. Seven years on the sentiments ring true as ever, and Hoop Pines continue to feature regularly in my artwork.

Thanks for visiting Layers of Life over the years, contributing your comments and having a read. I'm not sure what's in store for the new year - 2016, I'll keep you posted.

Cheers,
Nicola.


Power vs. Vulnerability. A SEARCH FOR BALANCE.

Many artists use new media when they move on to a new body of work. Greenbelt is Nicola Moss’s first exhibition that includes photographic works. However, what appears at first glance to be a new body of work is a richer and more considered exploration of the ideas and observations that have formed the basis of Moss’s work for several years. Images contrast speedy destruction with slow and laborious regeneration. Silhouettes and ghost maps hint at species, vegetation and open space lost to urban sprawl.

These works are the result of meticulous research and serial observation that characterises Moss’s practice. Moss invites us to consider how local authorities deal with the inevitable development that comes with the increase in population as urbanisation spreads to become a ribbon along the coast and hinterlands of Australia. What happens to those small pockets of endangered environments that fall outside of the smooth and apparently random contours traced by the planner’s pen when greenbelt areas are delineated? Why do we choose some areas, left derelict by development, for regeneration? What are the criteria for inclusion or exclusion?

Moss’s work is quietly beautiful and not overtly judgemental. There is no anger, no strident call to arms or disdainful didacticism. The subtle images and thoughtfully documented observations have the potential to engage on many levels, offering the viewer the chance to contemplate or become more actively involved in the discussion and debate about land use.  

Susan Buret. 2009

Friday, December 18, 2015

Mater Private Hospital Springfield - Recent Commission

 
'Community Life' ©2015 Nicola Moss. Hand cut papers and synthetic polymer paint, each 140 x 90cm.  Courtesy of the artist and SGAR.

Community Life was recently installed in the new Mater Private Hospital Springfield. Featured in the reception area, these hand cut paper works bring together connections of community and environment in Springfield. I envisioned the works reflecting a sanctuary of calm sensory experience; with water and vegetation silhouettes connected in orbs of life, memory and spirit.

This commission was developed in conjunction with
iAM Projects.

Monday, December 14, 2015

And the winner is...

Congratulations to Lisa Woolfe, winner of the mailing list subscribers December Gift Giveaway. A hard cover copy of my Brisbane Botanic Gardens Residency book - Layers of Life is on the way in the mail.

Lisa received a residency at Grafton Regional Gallery this year, you can check out Lisa's expanded drawing practice on her blog.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Mailing List - Gift Giveaway


Have you considered joining my mailing list? Now may be a good time; with my November Art Update I have a small Gift Giveaway draw for subscribers.
To thank subscribers for their support, each is in the draw for a chance to receive a gift of a hard cover copy of my Brisbane Botanic Gardens Artist in Residence book - Layers of Life.
The book documents seasonal highlights from the Australian Plant communities at Mt.Coot-tha, Brisbane, March to November, along with images of artworks I exhibited at the end of year exhibition 'Family Tree' in 2009.

One winner will be drawn randomly on Monday 14th December 2015 and I'll be in touch to get the book in the mail. Cut off for entry is midnight Sunday 13th December 2015 (Australian ESDT)
If you would like to join my mailing list and be in the draw, you can do so at this link - http://eepurl.com/bqvpKT
Best wishes.

Monday, November 16, 2015

A new home - Priority species-Moreton Bay

'Priority species - Moreton Bay' ©2013 Nicola Moss. Hand cut paper and synthetic polymer paint, 141cm diameter.  Courtesy of the artist and SGAR.

Jupiters Hotel and Casino Gold Coast celebrates its 30th anniversary this November. I was delighted to have my artworks acquired for their collection, with the mandala paper cut Priority species - Moreton Bay installed as part of refurbishment of two penthouses.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Cult GC article

'Synergy - Radiance' ©2015 Nicola Moss. Hand cut papers, synthetic polymer paint, pigmented ink. 65 x 88cm.  Courtesy of the artist and SGAR.

The CULT GC blog has a lovely article this week about my exhibition Synergy. CULT GC is written by Ashleigh Wadman as a platform to showcase talent in the region. Ashleigh is utterly passionate about supporting and nurturing artists, art collectives, art spaces, galleries, museums and cultural events and fostering innovative and academic dialogue around them.

The article begins with.... "Synergy, the latest solo exhibition by Gold Coast based artist Nicola Moss, is a well-conceived installation that embodies the symbiosis between man-made and natural forces. In Moss’ hands the Spiro Grace Art Rooms (SGAR) have been transformed from a Spring Hill art gallery into an immersive and sensory environment that evokes harmony between the natural environment and our human dependence on them."

You can read the full article here. Thank you Ashleigh.

Synergy - Final week at SGAR

'Synergy ' installation ©2015 Nicola Moss. Courtesy of the artist and SGAR.

If you would like to head along and see my show Synergy before it finishes, Spiro Grace Art Rooms is open this week Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Synergy - Rejuvenation

'Synergy - Tides II' Nicola Moss 2015, Hand cut and pieced papers, synthetic polymer paint, charcoal frottage, collagraph, pigmented ink, washi paper. Framed size 51 x 53cm. Courtesy of the artist and SGAR.

It's a week since my solo show Synergy opened at Spiro Grace Art Rooms in Brisbane. I've spent the last week reading, sleeping, spending time in the garden and catching up on tasks I'd put aside, things like tax and a visit to the dentist. I'm enjoying having Synergy in my routine.

I think of Synergy as a way we connect with environment around us. It's something I feel when I'm present in a place; present enough in a time and space that my senses are engaged with the living world around me. It's noticing the breeze on my face, listening to a bird call, watching clouds pass in the sky. When I paint outdoors on site with friends I go home with a weathered feeling, but at the same time I find the experience rejuvenating. Perhaps you notice it when you're on holidays or in fleeting moments - eating lunch under a tree in a city park. I value this connection or exchange of energy, it enriches my sense of place and well-being, it's what I think of as Synergy.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

In the studio

Studio installation 2015 Nicola Moss. Courtesy of the artist and SGAR.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Thank you

'Synergy ' installation ©2015 Nicola Moss. Courtesy of the artist and SGAR.

Thank you to everyone who came along to join in the opening and artist talk of 'Synergy' at SGAR. It was lovely to see you and discuss the works.

I began my talk with thanks to many people who have contributed to the exhibition; Firstly the team at Spiro Grace Art Rooms, Paul and Renai, Thank you for hosting the exhibition and for being such enthusiastic supporters of the arts. Thank you Jenna for all your work leading up to the opening. I had a couple of helpers with installation of the exhibition, Thank you Rachael and Lily for your assistance, extra hands and trips up and down the ladder. Thank you Michelle for writing the essay for the Synergy exhibition catalogue, I enjoyed reading it. Thank you to my family and friends for all your support and encouragement, it means a lot to me. And finally Thank you Stephanie Lindquist for joining me in conversation during the artist talk, much appreciated.

Synergy is on show until Saturday 7th November 2015.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Synergy Catalogue

'Synergy - Tides' ©2015 Nicola Moss. Hand cut papers, synthetic polymer paint, posca pen, rice paper, graphite. 87 x 78cm.  Courtesy of the artist and SGAR.

Michelle Eskola has written an intriguing essay about the immersive and experiential nature of my exhibition 'Synergy'. You can check it out at the following link.
Looking forward to seeing some of you at the opening and artist talk this Saturday at Spiro Grace Art Rooms.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Install - Day two - Synergy


Yesterday was a productive day with installation of wall work for Synergy. Helper hands make a huge difference, my thanks to Rachael and Jenna, for all the holding, move up a little, right a little, down a little....
Today we are installing suspended works, it's the first time I've tackled a ceiling space, so I'm excited and looking forward to seeing the overall effect. Many of these paper cuts shown above were cut whilst sitting at my parents dining table, on my recent stay in Melbourne.

'Synergy' opens this Saturday at Spiro Grace Art Rooms, Spring Hill, Brisbane.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Synergy ....opening soon

'Synergy' ©2015 Nicola Moss. Hand cut and pieced papers, synthetic polymer paint, natural ochre, rust stain, charcoal frottage, rice paper, Evasol, archival P90 tape. 73 x 80cm.  Courtesy of the artist and SGAR.

I'm very excited about my upcoming solo exhibition - Synergy - opening at SGAR: Spiro Grace Art Rooms next Saturday. In this show I take paper work beyond the wall with an aim to immerse the viewer and engage our sensory capacities of comprehension.

Please feel welcome to join in refreshments at the opening event. I look forward to seeing you if you can make it along.

ARTIST TALK CHAIRED BY STEPHANIE LINDQUIST | 4 - 5 pm Saturday October 17
EXHIBITION OPENING | 5-7 pm Saturday October 17
EXHIBITION DATES | October 17 - November 7
LOCATION | 255 Gregory Terrace, Spring Hill
(entry via Union St)

A full catalogue of works is available, please email Jenna at info@sgar.com.au


Thank You


City and Nature at Gallerysmith Project Space was packed up yesterday, I have lots of people to thank, including my dad for his wonderful assistance with de-installing the show and painting walls. To both my parents, thanks for having me to stay the two weeks. Thanks to my biggest supporter husband Phil. And thanks to David for your assistance with install.

I would like to Thank everyone who came along to see the show, your overwhelmingly positive response and engagement with the work was great. Including a last minute visit from Deb and Noel on destall morning. And all the messages of encouragement I received from friends back home, thank you so much.

Thanks also to Emma and Marita, and the lovely ladies Linda and Deb from M Collection, so much enthusiasm for art is a wonderful attribute, I'm delighted to have work going to a new home.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

City and Nature opening this Thursday

'Plant Life' ©2015 Nicola Moss. Hand cut and pieced papers, synthetic polymer paint, charcoal frottage, collagraph, wax, mono-print, washi paper, graphite, on Fabriano paper. 77 x 97cm framed size.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Packed for the trip to Melbourne


In a few days I'll be headed down to Melbourne to install my exhibition 'City and Nature' at Gallerysmith Project Space. The artworks headed off a couple of weeks ago with Artwork Transport, with framed works in bubble wrap and large paper cut installation sections flat packed in cardboard and barrier paper. I pack the individual sections in order of how they will be pinned to the wall, which makes for a quicker install.
Which leaves me with the packing of some warm clothes, pins, some work to do down there and looking forward to seeing family.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Green living - City and Nature

'Green Living' ©2015 Nicola Moss. Hand cut papers, synthetic polymer paint, collagraph, frottage and monoprint. 77 x 97cm framed size.

During my recent travels in Japan and while on residency at Grafton Regional Gallery, I've been thinking about our relationship with natural environments. Cities are continually remade, yet city trees often instigate a sense of identity for communities. Some become memorials and landmarks, enriching sense of place; while others provide practical attributes of shade, fresh air and home for diverse creatures.

This body of new work responds to my experiences of curated ecology. I visit botanic gardens and walk city streets wherever I travel, finding inspiration from trees on high-rise rooftops, bonsai-d pot plants, living walls and wind dispersed opportunists. City and Nature is a place where, town planning, heritage and personal aesthetic; mixes with maintenance regimes and sense of well-being.
Nicola Moss.

Monday, September 14, 2015

City and Nature - please feel welcome to join

 
It's not long now till the opening of City and Nature at Gallerysmith Project Space. I'll be installing works on Wednesday 23rd September, and look forward to the opening.
 
If you are in the area, please feel welcome to come along and join me at the opening on Thursday 24th September, 6-8pm. Or if you prefer a quieter look and chat, I'll be at the exhibition in the afternoon on Saturday 26th September from 3-5pm.
 
City and Nature runs from September 24th to October 3rd, with gallery hours Tuesday to Saturday, 11-5pm, at Gallerysmith Project Space, First Floor, 170 Abbotsford Street, North Melbourne, Victoria.
 
If you are unable to see the show in person, paper cut works in City and Nature can be viewed online at my website exhibition page.
 
Look forward to seeing you.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

City and Nature

'City and Nature - Adaption' ©2015 Nicola Moss. Synthetic polymer paint, rust stain, hand cut papers on Stonehenge paper. 73 x 53cm framed size.

Paper cut works were packed and sent on their way to Melbourne this week for my solo exhibition - City and Nature - at Gallerysmith Project Space.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Studio visit

One of my studio walls, image courtesy of Jenna Baldock, SGAR.

It has been the week for revealing how work is coming together for my upcoming show at Spiro Grace Art Rooms. Jenna, SGAR curator, and Michelle, writer for my exhibition catalogue took a sunny drive from Brisbane to the Gold Coast to visit my studio. It's great to get some feedback, talk ideas, process and let the work out into the world a little.
'Synergy' opens at Spiro Grace Art Rooms in mid October, more details soon.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

In the studio


The studio has been a hive of activity over the past couple of months, with lots of work developing for upcoming exhibitions. I have found the undisturbed time devoted to making new work productive and inspiring in a way, with ideas overlapping and evolving with the making process.
Artworks for my upcoming exhibition 'City and Nature' are complete, with documentation this week and packing shortly for transport. I'm excited to be showing in Melbourne and look forward to seeing some of you there if you can make it along.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Opening artist talk at Caboolture Regional Art Gallery


My opening artist talk for Disassemble | Reassemble at Caboolture Regional Art Gallery on Saturday.
Image courtesy of Sandra Conte, Producer of eARTh e-mag, thank you Sandra.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Disassemble | Reassemble opening at Caboolture Regional Art Gallery

'Life on the edge - Phoenix cycle' ©2015.  Nicola Moss. Hand cut papers, synthetic polymer paint, charcoal frottage, washi paper, interfacing, thread and wire. 196cm x 170cm. Photographed by Carl Warner. Courtesy of the artist and Spiro Grace Art Rooms.
 
 
It has been a full week. After returning home from the exhibition opening at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, this week I have been installing artworks at Caboolture Regional Art Gallery for the opening of Disassemble | Reassemble.
 
Curated by Zoe Roos, Disassemble | Reassemble highlights the relationship between humans and nature, and contemplates the attitudes, both caring and careless, that shape human life on the planet. The foundations of the exhibition arose from memories of the early 1990’s environmental superhero, Captain Planet: the star of an animated children’s TV edutainment series that advocated environmentalism.
In the series, a modern-day team of ‘planeteers’ from several nations could embody and use the qualities of five elements: earth, wind, fire, water and heart. When combined their powers could summon the environmental warrior Captain Planet to defeat eco-villains who attempted to destroy the planet.
The artists presented in this exhibition represent a sort of contemporary ‘planeteer’. With their powers combined Jane Burton, Svenja Kratz, Peter Madden, Nicola Moss, Polixeni Papapetrou, Hobie Porter, Tony Rice, Kate Shaw and Katarina Vesterberg explore the natural and human degradation and rejuvenation of the environment in an ongoing dialogue between nature and those who inhabit it.

I would like to extend a warm invitation to join in the opening and viewing of Disassemble | Reassemble, opening on Saturday 27th June with artist talks by Hobie Porter, Svenja Kratz and myself from 9.30am, followed by official proceeding at 10.30am. The exhibition  continues to 29th August 2015 at Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, The Hub, 4 Hasking Street, Caboolture, Queensland. 


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Exploring: BigCi installed


The opening night of Exploring: BigCi was a lovely event, catching up with Rae and Yuri from BigCi, and the exhibiting artists. Thank you to everyone who came along to hear the informal talks and opening speeches. The collaboration between Hawkesbury Regional Gallery and BigCi has provided opportunities for many artists, both international and Australian to engage with the rich ecology of the greater Blue Mountains Region and share these experiences with the public, Congratulations.

Special thanks to Diana Robson and the team at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery for a great install of the work.

Exploring: BigCi is on show until 2nd August 2015, if you are in the area.


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Exploring: BigCi opening at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery

'Heritage ecology - In the mosaic' (detail)©2015.  Nicola Moss. Hand cut papers, synthetic polymer paint, charcoal frottage,  natural ochre, rust stain, mono-print, ink, twine. 240cm x 300cm. Photographed by Carl Warner. Courtesy of the artist and Spiro Grace Art Rooms.

Curated by Diana Robson, Exploring: BigCi features a survey of works selected from Australian and International BigCi artists in residence.  BigCi (Bilpin International Grounds for Creative Initiatives) sits within the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, providing access to a rich ecology covering over one million hectares.
I'm delighted to be included in the exhibition at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, together with works by Chris Dolman and Paul Williams (Sydney), Kath Fries (Sydney), Hyewon Hye Shim (Korea), Claudia Luke (Germany), Crisia and Andrei Miroiu (Romania), Nandita Mukand (Singapore), Rachel Peachy and Paul Mosig (Blue Mountains).  My hand cut paper works showcase the individual lives and connected relationships of fauna, flora and human development in the region. Developed from experiences during the four week residency I had in 2012, the works incorporate tactile surfaces of frottage, mono-print and stains from site.

I would like to extend a warm invitation to join in the opening and viewing of Exploring: BigCi, officially opening on Friday 19th June at 6pm, and continuing to 2nd August 2015 at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Deerubbin Centre, 300 George Street, Windsor, New South Wales.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Art Camp Coolum

 
I spent a wonderful few days last week with colleagues, working outdoors at Coolum. I find it so refreshing to spend time working like this, listening to the crash of the tide, bird calls, feeling the breeze on my face, the salty smell. These experiences engage all of my senses and ground me in the moment. All of this transfers to the papers I am working on and embed memories of place and sensation in completed artworks.
Special thanks to Helena and Donna.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

How to....


There are days in the studio when making art is not the activity being undertaken. Today was one of those days when administrative requirements took priority. I have an show coming up at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery in New South Wales, and I'd like to make sure the installation of my work happens as smoothly as possible. So today was a day for making instructions, a how to guide for installation, with lots of step by step photos, some underlying templates for placement of pieces and general guidelines for pin placement, handling and flexibility when it comes to the inevitable variations associated with work on this scale.
Then I had a test run, with the work being professionally documented tomorrow, I installed it on another wall at home, using the images and templates I'd made. All went well with the work up in under two hours, hopefully the gallery staff will find them as useful.
Next will be the packing for transport, and then back to the making.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Art in the Pub


I would like to thank Byron School of Art and c.a.s.e for making me feel very welcome on Monday night at Art in the Pub. I shared stories of my experiences finding inspiration outdoors in some of Australia's stunning heritage environments - through residencies at Hill End and BigCi, and a project closer to home - Life on the edge. Along with some finished artworks developed from these and working images of process and in progress works. Lovely to meet you and thanks for a great night.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Art in the Pub


I'll be giving a talk next Monday, 11th May, at the Courthouse Hotel in Mullumbimby. If you are in the area please feel welcome to come along on the night.
I would like to thank c.a.s.e and Byron School of Art for inviting me to speak about my artwork.

Look forward to seeing you there if you can make it.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

In the studio


My studio work table at the end of making a work. Layers of pieces that did and didn't make it into the final work,  makes me think of the phrase - what ends up on the cutting room floor.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Paper Works III installed

Paper Works III, image courtesy of Brenda May Gallery.

Paper Works III is now on show at Brenda May Gallery. If you are in the Sydney area, please feel welcome to join artists for a drink and show viewing this Saturday 18th April from 3-5pm.

You can also read the beautifully designed digital catalogue online here.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Paper Works III at Brenda May Gallery

 
 

My hand cut paper work Curated ecology - Nature Strip is included in the show Paper Works III, a curated group exhibition at Brenda May Gallery, Sydney. This third installment of the galleries paper works series endeavours to illustrate the diversity and versatility of paper, providing a glimpse into the range of creative potential for this medium.

Curated ecology - Nature Strip reflects on the habitat of many city and town suburban environments. A place where, town planning, heritage and personal aesthetic; mixes with maintenance regimes and safety concerns. This confluence of values interests me, in the affect it has on our relationship with environment. This work developed in response to a residency at Grafton Regional Gallery in 2014, featuring several of the streets flora and fauna.
This work has approximately 80 hours of cutting time invested in its making, along with a week of paper and drawing preparations.

Paper Works III is on show from 14th April to 2nd May 2015, at Brenda May Gallery, 2 Danks Street, Waterloo, NSW.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

In the studio

Work in progress - a bit like a jigsaw puzzle, but I don't know what the final image will look like....yet.

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