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.


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


  1. Congratulations on your 400th post Nicola. I look forward to seeing where the next 7 years takes you. Yes, Susan's article still rings true today. Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you Rachael. Happy New Year! I'm sure 2016 will be special for you x

  2. gosh 400! how did that happen! I've loved coming here and reading/seeing what you are up to ---- all the very best for 2016 xxxx

    1. Happy New Year for 2016 Ronnie, lovely to have shared with you in blog land. Seems piddly compared to your commitment of a beautiful photo each day, a year to remember, Congratulaions!

  3. 400 is a lot and all of it great stuff! I love visiting to see what you are doing even if I don't leave many comments, it is inspirational. Look forward to 2016.

  4. Thank you Jack. It's been great visiting you blog too! Best wishes for 2016, cheers.