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.