Monday, May 21, 2012

Life on the edge - Caught in the flow

'Life on the edge - Caught in the flow' ©2012.Nicola Moss. Acrylic, natural ochre, charcoal frottage, rice paper, hand cut papers.

Warning! I am about to do a bit of trumpet blowing of my own...

On Friday night I attended the opening of the Moreton Bay Region Art Awards and was thrilled to win one of the acquisitive awards with my artwork pictured above. I felt very honoured to receive the award.
'Life on the edge' is a series of works I have been making focused on coastal environments around Moreton Bay and the bay islands. Many posts here have featured images from the site visits I make and my responses to environment. These works try to bring together many of these experiences and hint at our relationship to the natural heritage values of our region.

Ross Searle judged the award this year and made some lovely comments about the work: "This fascinating paper stencil work melds traditional landscape practices with influences of Asian art. The subtle use of silhouette to reveal the coastal landscape of Southern Moreton Bay is subtly evocative of Japanese woodblock printing. Stylistically, Moss' mode of working is influenced by her studies in printmaking. Her art works are characterised by the use of silhouetted forms and fine tracery effects. The overall image is reminiscent of traditional Japanese and Chinese landscapes. This is an outstanding example of this artist's creative practice."

The Moreton Bay Region Art Awards are on show at Pine Rivers Art Gallery, Strathpine, until 27th May, 2012.

I would like to sincerely THANK Moreton Bay Regional Council for hosting these awards and providing a wonderful opportunity of support and recognition for artists in the region.
In the near future I will be researching and making plans for travel and study in Japan, a place I am yet to visit, but one which people often refer to in relation to my work....Thank you!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

With all my senses

Why I love making art outdoors....with all my senses.

Wind in my hair and the rough texture of rock underfoot.
The taste of salt and smells of ripe pandanus seed.
Sounds of crashing waves and ebbing tide along with the joy of seeing each moment transform.

Weathered at Tweed River Art Gallery

In October last year I had the opportunity to work with my good friend and weather project collaborator, Susan Buret, whilst on residence at Montsalvat in Victoria. It's exciting now to exhibit works that developed, in our exhibition Weathered at the beautiful Tweed River Art Gallery in Murwillumbah.

I would like to extend you a warm invitation to the opening on Friday 11th May, 6-8pm. If you are in the area it would be lovely to see you.

When the weather project began we looked at the subject of weather as a conversation starter, universally safe ground, or even a default mode of communication. Weather is a shared experience that we can all relate to. Despite attempts to insulate and climate control our surrounds, weather often impacts on our choice of weekend activities, the attire we wear and to some extent our peace of mind. It provokes an immediate connection to the world around us, and at times reignites a sense of community as we brave the elements and band together to repair the damage it can cause.