Nicola Moss' recent collaged works were created in her studio on the Gold Coast and highlight the importance of green spaces amid congested urban environments. Relying on an archive of papers coloured using paint, graphite, printmaking and various stains, Moss' materials travel with her as she explores the physical landscape. Impressions from tree bark frottage rubbings, for example, become collaged elements of her compositions. Framing nature as a source rather than a resource the artist highlights how intrinsic sustainable green spaces are to our well-being, both physical and mental.
“The garden has been a sanctuary – a place where I have felt grounded and calm. Amidst all the change, plants still give me hope.” – Nicola Moss 2020
Nicola Moss has exhibited throughout Australia, Japan, Sweden and the USA since beginning her professional practice in 2006. Moss was awarded the Moreton Bay Region Art Award (2012) and in 2019 was selected to participate in the artist in residence program at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice. She has been a finalist in numerous awards including the John Leslie Art Prize (2020), Fisher’s Ghost Art Award (2019), the STILL: National Still Life Award (2019) and the Sunshine Coast Art Prize (2018, 2017, 2014). Her work is held in many important collections including that of the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Moreton Bay Region Art Collection and the Social Securities Appeals Tribunal, Brisbane.