Nicola Moss is a visual artist making fine art with paper. Driven by a burning question – What is sustainability? Moss engages people in considering the value of healthy environment, exploring possible futures where conservation and development find balance. Residencies in 2017 at Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo and ARNA, Sweden, initiated cross-cultural exchange and international engagement with communities in the discussion of local/global green space issues. Embodied experience and optimism are evident in her world view; reflecting on a sense of well-being, contact with green space, can provide in our everyday lives.
Born in Melbourne, Moss spent her early childhood years in Scotland, before returning aged 10 to Australia in 1978. The green ‘blanket’ vision of vegetated hills viewed on return flight; and extensive travel as an adult, have impressed a philosophy of connectivity to all life and energy around her.
Commencing her full time practice in 2006, Moss has exhibited work regularly in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, regional areas of Australia and overseas in Japan, the US and Sweden. Notable commissions include Moss’s first public art mosaic collaboration for Brisbane City Council, featured as part of the Children’s Trail at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt.Coot-tha 2009; a digital print public artwork wrapping the 7 floor atrium lift shaft of the new Gold Coast University Hospital, 2013; and Mater Children’s Hospital Commemorative Commission for the refurbished Salmon Building, Brisbane, 2015.
Moss won the Moreton Bay Region Art Award in 2012 and was Highly Commended in The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize 2014. She has been a finalist in numerous art awards including The Elaine Bermingham National Watercolour Prize in Landscape Painting in 2017, the Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2018, 2017 and 2014; the 2014 Calleen Art Award and Noosa Art Award; 2013 Gold Coast Art Prize, 2012 Geelong Contemporary Art Award and Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize.
Moss’s work has been collected in public and corporate collections including Moreton Bay Regional Art Collection, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Redland Art Gallery, Sealy of Australia, Gadens Lawyers (Brisbane) and Jupiters Hotel and Casino; as well as privately throughout Australia, in London, the US and Japan.
FINALIST – 2020 Libris Awards: The Australian Artists Book Prize
Artspace Mackay, Queensland
[exhibition dates TBA]
FINALIST – John Leslie Art Prize 2020
Gippsland Art Gallery, Gippsland, Victoria
16 May – 26 July 2020