NICOLA MOSS | CULTURE ECOLOGY
15 March — 6 April 2013
‘Culture Ecology’ presents a series of artworks that respond to the ecology of Hill End, experienced during an artist in residence at Haefligers Cottage in September 2012.
This exhibition presents works incorporating elements from the ‘fabric’ of Hill End. Moss reflects on activities of making home and how this alters and adapts the surrounding environment. From coppiced forests cut for firewood, (the climate at Hill End is harsh with very cold winters); to the planting of fruit trees for necessity of food. By exploring the adaption of environment at Hill End, Moss has incorporated ideas of comfort, cycles of life and death, and the heritage of introduced exotic species and migration in creating a cultural landscape.
Nicola Moss bases her work on observations of ecological relationships within the natural environment. She develops her research through numerous site visits and travel to areas of interest such as conservation parks of Redland City and Moreton Bay Marine Park, the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area and Tasmanian wilderness region.
Moss’ interest lies in how people connect, shape and interact with the natural environment, through development, conservation and culture. Her work celebrates the uniqueness of flora and habitat, and aims to raise awareness of the natural environment by looking at issues of balance between human and environmental dependence and domination.
Nicola Moss was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1968. And now lives and works on the Gold Coast hinterland.
Moss won the Moreton Bay Region Art Award in 2012 and has been a finalist in numerous art awards including the 2012 Geelong Contemporary Art Award and Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, and The City of Albany Art Prize and Launch: Clayton Utz Art Award in 2011. She was awarded residencies at Haefligers Cottage, Hill End and at BigCi during 2012, and previously spent a year in residence at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha in 2009.
In 2012 Moss was commissioned to work on a public art feature for the new Griffith University Gold Coast Hospital. Moss’s work is included in private and public collections around Australia, including Holy Spirit Private Hospital, Robina, Suncorp, Brisbane and Redland City Council Art Collection.