Friday, November 23, 2012

A write up for Breathing in Mountains

'Miniature Worlds - On the Overland Track' ©2012, Nicola Moss. Acrylic and graphite on canvas, 90 x 90cm.

Breathing in Mountains opens today at Salt Contemporary Art, I'm so looking forward to seeing all the paintings hung together. The Arts Bulletin at City of Greater Geelong site has a lovely write up about the exhibition, you can read the full article here.

This is a little excerpt -
"Encompassing her interest in environmental conservation, Moss has decided to visit all the world heritage listed areas in Australia in what could be described as her ‘ecological bucket list’. So far she has produced work in response to three of the sixteen Australian natural world heritage sites and she hopes to visit more next year."

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Collectibles 2 at SGAR

'In Loving memory - Tambaroora' 2012. Acrylic, watercolour, natural ochre, rust stain, hand cut paper, framed size 40 x 32cm. Nicola Moss.

If you are in Brisbane you might like to check out 'Collectibles 2' , the second annual exhibition of small-scale pieces created by Australian artists and designers on show at Spiro Grace Art Rooms in Spring Hill, Brisbane. Three hand cut paperworks created during my residency at Hill End will be on show in the exhibition.

'Collectibles 2' opens this Friday 23rd November, 6-8pm, at Spiro Grace Art Rooms; continuing to Saturday 15th December 2012.

Breathing in Mountains

'Breathing in Mountains'(detail) 2012, Nicola Moss. 150 x 220cm.

 Breathing in Mountains opens at Salt Contemporary Art, Queenscliff, this Friday. The paintings have all arrived and been hung for the show, I'm looking forward to seeing them up together. I will be heading down in the first weekend of December to give a talk about the works and inspiring landscape of Cradle Mountain. If you would like to come along the talk begins at 2pm followed by opening drinks at 2.30.

The Overland Track and Cradle Mountain.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Artists Pool - Cradle Mountain

 'Life on the waters' edge - Artists Pool', © 2012. Nicola Moss. Acrylic, pigmented ink and charcoal on canvas, 122 x 122cm. Photographed by Carl Warner.

When we arrived at Cradle Mountain one of our first stops was at the National Parks office to purchase a map of walks in the area. Whilst pouring over this a small speck of water caught my attention - Artists Pool, with a name like that I had to see it. On our second day of walking we took the trail over Hansons Peak and then continued on along Lake Rodway Track to Artists Pool. Situated on the eastern side of Cradle Mountain the track passes through dense shrub areas, moist peat sections and then into a valley with large weather-bonsai'd pencil pines. It's a very scenic walk with the mountain rockfaces reaching high on one side. When we reached Artists Pool I could see it is aptly named with amber coloured waters reflecting mature gnarled trees, mountain back drop and delicate ground cover surrounds. We spent some time having lunch there enjoying the pristine environment. I found these natural 'compositions' in the landscape at Cradle Mountain very inspiring.

I'm very tempted to return again in an Autumn-Winter season to see the pool covered in snow, you can see a photograph by Grant Dixon here.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Back in the studio

'Through lichen hollows skirting Dove Lake', © 2012. Nicola Moss. Acrylic on canvas, 120 x 120cm. Photographed by Carl Warner.

It has been a busy week back in the studio. After unpacking from the residencies I then wrapped works for delivery to my upcoming solo exhibition - 'Breathing in Mountains' at Salt Contemporary Art. The months leading up to going away were spent completing paintings for this show, it was interesting to see them again after a couple of months break. Inspiration for the exhibition came from travels in February this year to Cradle Mountain in Tasmania, a unique rugged environment situated within the World Heritage listed wilderness region. You can read more about my walks herehere and here.

I'm looking forward to seeing these works up on show. 'Breathing in Mountains' opens on Friday 23rd November and continues to Friday 14th December. I will be giving an artist talk on Sunday 2nd December at 2pm, followed by opening drinks, please feel welcome to come along and join in the opening.

Dove Lake with Cradle Mountain shrouded in morning mist.