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.

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

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.