Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Tree planting

On Saturday I joined community volunteers for a morning of tree planting at Elanda Plains in the Noosa Biosphere reserve. Supported by Noosa and District Landcare, CO2 Australia, and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service; the trees planted form part of the Australian Government's national 20 Million Trees Programme. After a couple of hours it was great to look up at the green tinge and image a future forest.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Life on the edge - Noosa National Park

For me, wet days are perfect for exploring rock pools on the ocean edge. Rich earthy hues in rock plates are saturated and dense contrasting against pools of reflected light. So many patterns to explore in the lines of geology, wave action and dwellers. This vacant little crab shell, bobbing on a pool's surface was one delight.

Plein air days

I returned to Wahpunga School Park in Kin Kin this week to work plein air alongside Kin Kin creek with Helena. After the past weeks storms, the creek pools were fuller and rippled to the sounds of fish, dragon and damselflies. Spending time working in locations engages all my senses, bringing the feeling of each environment into the marks I make and final works. I'm starting to see a body of work develop for my solo show Life on the edge, on at Noosa Regional Gallery in September next year.
Thanks for a lovely day Helena.

Morning tracks

Noosa beach, early morning walk with tracks from resident creatures.

Tewantin National Park

The tiny flower of a Lomandra species.

In October I joined a 'Walk and Talk' at Tewantin National Park. I've driven past the entrance to this Park many times without venturing in, so it was great to hear Marc Russell speak about understorey growth and plants of its different ecosystems.
Hosted by Noosa and District Landcare the group included many locals with an impressive knowledge of native flora. Thanks for a lovely and informative morning.

A Spangled drongo joined us for part of the walk.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Forest thinking

Last weekend I joined NICA (Noosa Integrated Catchment Association) members, on their Excursion No.9, to a Farm Forestry property in Kin Kin. Looking at and walking in the forest areas, planted from six years ago to present, was very inspiring. My Thanks to Mark and Pam for opening their property to us and to Stephanie and NICA for organising another informative day.

In collaboration with Noosa and District Landcare (with council support, workshops, grant funding and hard work), Mark and Pam have transformed the health and viability of their property. The benefits of change extend far beyond their own land. With land slippage areas stabilised and connected wildlife corridors established, these trees contribute to healthy environment for the broader catchment community and future generations.

I've been reading Robert MacFarlane's book Landmarks; he speaks about the way we mark land and how it marks us. It's the trees I gravitate to, so his quote of Wade Davis resonates for me "Every language is an old-growth forest of the mind". My language being visual.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Noosa National Park - Headland

I feel fortunate to have spent time over the weekend in Noosa National Park - Headland section, soaking up the magnificent Hoop Pine trees and surrounding vine forest. It's a treasure to have this environment on the coast and easily accessible to residents and visitors.
The conservation of Noosa National Park has quite a story. Plaques in the parks entry visitor area give a brief account of those involved.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Redland Art Awards 2016

'Life on the edge - Synergy score (Wynnum mangroves)' ©2016 Nicola Moss. Watercolour and gouache on Stonehenge paper with cut outs. 105 x 152cm framed size. Courtesy of the artist and SGAR. Photographed by Carl Warner.

I'm delighted to be exhibiting in the Redland Art Awards 2016, along with my peers from across Australia. Now celebrating its 30th year the competition is presented at the Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland from 16th  October to 27th November 2016.
Redland Art Awards is a biennial contemporary painting competition open to all Australian artists, presented by Redland Art Gallery.

My work speaks about the value of healthy environment. Painted plein air on-site in sections, over the course of a day, and completed in my studio; Life on the edge – Synergy score acknowledges the rhythms of life experienced in a coastal habitat. Every day we engage with the natural world around us, in our breath, body and mind.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Kin Kin Creek: Re-Forest

The third stop on the NICA Catchment Excursion No.8 was for lunch and a walk at the property of Geoff and his brother Andrew at Kin Kin Creek Eastern Branch. Geoff and Andrew spoke about the history of land use on their property and their work to re-vegetate. The passion and hours invested by landholders has a significant impact on soil stabilisation and soil run-off into Kin Kin Creek, highlighting the benefits of Acting Locally. I chose the creek walk, meandering in shade cast by Blue Quandong, Foam Bark, Bunya Pine and many more trees; with the clear waters bubbling along.

Big Thanks to Geoff and Andrew for inviting us to their property and speaking about their passion.

Our final stop for the day was at Kin Kin Arboretum. The re-introduction of the site as a place of education and living history was driven by the inspiration of a few local members of the Noosa and District Landcare Group and the generosity of the previous Noosa Shire Council.

The reserve was dedicated in honour of William Douglas Francis, his family were pioneer residents of the area and he went on to become a noted botanist. The threatened species section of the arboretum is dedicated to Herb Schnitzerling who instigated the planting of this section.

We had a walk around the established tracks through re-vegetation areas and the rare and threatened species section. I'll be headed back to spend more time in this living collection and take a wander in the 50+ year old Hoop Pine plantation.

Big thanks to Phillip Moran, Noosa and District Landcare, for identifying and pointing out species of interest. And apologies for calling you Steve at the end!

And special thanks to Tony and Stephanie from NICA for driving me around for the day and organising such an informative and enjoyable excursion.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

'Keeping it in Kin Kin' - LIDAR

Our second stop on the NICA Catchment Excursion No.8 was a tree planted site along Kin Kin creek at Leggetts Loop. Steve and Phil from Noosa and District Landcare spoke about work in the area.
The 'Keeping it in Kin Kin' project aims at keeping Kin Kin's soils in place. One of the specific activities of the project is identifying areas within the Kin Kin catchment impacted by soil loss. LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) uses an aerial near infra-red laser to map landform topography. Data collected in 2009 and 2016 was superimposed and processed, to identify areas with a surface change of more than one metre in depth. Areas are then prioritised for remediation work.

We walked through part of the site planted in July this year, taking in the view of hundreds of seedlings. Each tree is propagated by the Landcare team and consists of rainforest and eucalypt regional ecosystem species. I look forward to returning to this site in future and seeing its growth.

A series of Community workshops and engagement are another specific activity of the project. A big Thank you to Steve and Phil for their informative talk.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Kin Kin Creek - Wahpunga School Park

On Saturday I joined NICA (Noosa Integrated Catchment Association) for their 20th Anniversary Catchment Excursion No. 8. We began the day near Kin Kin Creek at Wahpunga School Park, a site of tree planting and creek bank stabilisation begun in the early 1990's by Landcare. Twenty five years on the trees create a dense microcosm with welcome shade. The tranquil pools and gentle flow of the creek gives little indication of the flood events that occur in this area. It was interesting to see the mature results of a stabilisation project.

Monday, August 15, 2016

New Instagram site

Do you enjoy Instagram? If so you can find my page @nicolamossart
I'll be posting in-studio and progress images of new works, along with some of my favourite installations and completed artworks.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Life on the edge

Yesterday I joined NICA (Noosa Integrated Catchment Association Inc.), Friends of Kinaba and Noosa Parks Association members on the NICA 20th Anniversary Catchment Excursion No.5 to Kinaba Visitor Information Centre on Lake Cootharaba. It was a great day and experience for me, sailing across Lake Cootharaba, with it's mirror-like waters in the morning, then wind rippled under sail afternoon return. Thank you Charlie and Ada for taking  me onboard.

The excursion brought together community members of the Noosa region to celebrate the values of Lake Cootharaba-Kin Kin Creek Catchment and Cooloola . Guest speakers - John Olds, from Queensland Marine Parks, and Steve Price, Principal Ranger Sunshine Coast QPWS - gave insightful talks about the unique values of Lake Cootharaba, Noosa Biosphere Reserve, the Noosa River catchment and community volunteer support. The conversations and ideas shared on these days are important I think to how communities imagine and value the future for healthy environments.
I'm very excited to be working on my Life on the edge project in the Noosa region, with a solo exhibition at Noosa Regional Gallery opening in September 2017.

Thank you to NICA and Friends of Kinaba for making me feel so welcome and sharing your thoughts.

Views from the mangrove boardwalk near Kinaba Visitor Information Centre.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Currimundi Lake Art Camp

Last week I joined friends for two days at an Art Camp at Currimundi on the Sunshine Coast. The landscape is varied with surf beach, Currimundi Lake inlet and surrounding conservation park. Working with watercolours plein air in a sheltered setting surrounded by bird song, was sensory indulgence.
Now back in the studio, the small paintings are being layered with further energy and pieced together. Thanks to Jen, Rachael, Anita, Helena and Donna. Photo above courtesy of Helena.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

City and Nature - European style

Stunning magnolia trees in parks and streets throughout France and Italy.

Milan - green living.

Street trees, Lyon.

I'm fortunate to have been on holidays the last few weeks travelling in France and Italy. Photographing city gardens, green spaces, the old and new of 'green buildings' and internal gardens while wandering the streets.

This looked familiar to me as perhaps the 21st century version of Durer's painting - 'The large piece of turf', in a concrete planter, Lyon.

And below green living in the old city, Milan.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Noosa Art Award 2016

'Greenbelt - Connectivity Conservation' ©2016 Nicola Moss. Watercolour, synthetic polymer paint, gouache, ink, coloured pencil and graphite on Arches 300gsm paper, 145 x 101cm. Courtesy of the artist and SGAR. Photographed by Carl Warner.

Greenbelt – Connectivity Conservation is on show in the Noosa Art Award finalists exhibition at the Noosa Regional Gallery from 6 May until 26 June 2016.

‘Greenbelt’ reflects on the value of Australia’s coastal and hinterland environments. These are desirable locales for living, for both people and other life. It is estimated around 85% of Australians live within 50km of the coast.  These complex and often high biodiversity regions become patch-worked through development, conservation and cultural use, stretching networks of subtle and fragile relationships.
Habitat seen as lines drawn on a map can seem absurd in the context of wildlife movement. The National Wildlife Corridors Plan is a long term strategy to restore and manage ecological connections. It recognises that connectivity is a fundamental requirement of healthy landscapes. My work suggests there are also less tangible benefits to community in a sense of well-being we gain from nature.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Installation images of City and Nature

'City and Nature' ©2016 Nicola Moss. Courtesy of the artist and SGAR. Images courtesy of BCM.
I enjoyed seeing Danielle curate work for City and Nature, in a space which isn't the traditional white box. Above are a few images of the install at BCM Crucible Gallery, with my Synergy canopy work transformed to a 'living wall'.

City and Nature is curated by Danielle Harvey, the current recipient of BCM and artisan's Emerging Curator Mentorship. This exhibition brings together paper cut and sculptural works from my recent series Synergy (2015) and City and Nature (2015). On show at BCM Crucible Gallery from 7th April to 18th May 2016. Viewing by appointment.

Danielle has written a thoughtful curatorial essay to accompany the exhibition, this is an excerpt -

" Nicola’s City and Nature series stems from her travels in Japan and an artist residency at Grafton Regional Art Gallery, in which she continued to examine conceptual ideas of nature’s role in constructing city identities. While art, architecture and culture continually renew a city’s identity, city trees also have the power to contribute to a community’s sense of identity. Trees and plants are often used in cities as memorials, as living museums in botanical gardens, and as city emblems – some even becoming national symbols like the famous Japanese cherry blossom. City and Nature responds to the curated ecology of cities and the interconnection between nature and the city, reminding us that nature is just as important to a city’s identity as the buildings that occupy it. Different species can be found between layers of everyday objects in these works as a reference to nature’s need to adapt to changing cityscapes as a result of urban development."

The full curatorial essay can be read online at the artisan blog.
Thanks to Danielle, BCM and artisan for their support.

Friday, April 1, 2016

City and Nature at BCM Crucible Gallery

'Araucaria' ©2016 Nicola Moss. Paper mache, plastic straws, masking tape, modelling paste, synthetic polymer paint, wax and natural ochre.    45 x 35 x 28cm.  Courtesy of the artist and SGAR.

In February I was delighted to receive an email from Danielle Harvey inviting me to exhibit at BCM Crucible Gallery, as part of The Emerging Curator program.

In 2011, artisan formed a partnership with BCM which involves the curation of a number of exhibitions in the Crucible Gallery space within the BCM office to showcase the best of Queensland craft and design artists as part of an Emerging Curator mentorship.
The Emerging Curator program develops the talents of an emerging arts curator under the guidance of the artisan team, and the program was recognised in the 2012 Australia Council's Young and Emerging Artists category of the AbaF Queensland Awards. The artisan/BCM partnership is helping to develop future arts leaders, support Queensland's craft and design community, and also provides exhibition opportunities for Queensland's talented artists.

Danielle has curated 'City and Nature' with a selection of my hand cut paper works, installation and recent paper mache sculpture. City and Nature is on show from 8th April to 18th May 2016.

My sincere thanks to artisan and BCM for supporting this program and exhibition.