Online exhibition | City and Nature

Online exhibition | City and Nature

Welcome to the online home of City and Nature, an exhibition by Nicola Moss showing at private BCM Crucible Gallery from 7 April to 25 May. The exhibition is curated by Danielle Harvey, the current recipient of BCM and artisan’s Emerging Curator Mentorship.


About the BCM Crucible Gallery

artisan formed a partnership with BCM in 2011 which involves the curation of a number of exhibitions in the Crucible Gallery space within the BCM office to showcase the best of Queensland craft and design artists, as well as an Emerging Curator program.

The Emerging Curator program develops the talents of an emerging arts curator under the guidance of the artisan team, and the program was recognised in the 2012 Australia Council’s Young and Emerging Artists category of the AbaF Queensland Awards. The artisan/BCM partnership is helping to develop future arts leaders, support Queensland’s craft and design community, and also provides exhibition opportunities for Queensland’s talented artists.


City and Nature

Nicola Moss is a Gold Coast based artist who explores the relationship between nature, humans and the built environment through intricate paper works. Developed during visits to urban and natural sites, Nicola’s work interprets how we connect and interact with nature, particularly in urban settings influenced by human development, conservation and culture. This exhibition brings together works from Nicola’s most recent series Synergy (2015) and City and Nature (2015).

Nicola’s tactile paper cut and sculptural works in Synergy capture the sensations Nicola feels when she connects with natural elements within the urban environment; from the breeze gently brushing her face, to the calming sound of a bird’s call, these works encapsulate the unique moments in which we seem to exchange an energy with our natural surroundings, enriching our sense of place and renewal. Nicola refers to this exchange of energy as those breathtaking moments you tend to feel when you are on holiday absorbing new environments for the first time or when you’re sitting under a tree enjoying lunch in a city park away from the hustle of the city. These are moments we tend to overlook whilst in the city, but Nicola’s Synergy series attempts to remind us of the importance of our enriching connection to nature and its effects on our wellbeing.

Nicola’s City and Nature series stems from her travels in Japan and an artist residency at Grafton Regional Art Gallery, in which she continued to examine conceptual ideas of nature’s role in constructing city identities. While art, architecture and culture continually renew a city’s identity, city trees also have the power to contribute to a community’s sense of identity. Trees and plants are often used in cities as memorials, as living museums in botanical gardens, and as city emblems – some even becoming national symbols like the famous Japanese cherry blossom. City and Nature responds to the curated ecology of cities and the interconnection between nature and the city, reminding us that nature is just as important to a city’s identity as the buildings that occupy it. Different species can be found between layers of everyday objects in these works as a reference to nature’s need to adapt to changing cityscapes as
a result of urban development.

While Nicola’s works harbour her emotional experiences of the places she visits, she also physically embodies natural elements in these works through the use of natural ochre, rust, charcoal and grains of sand. Likewise, her subtle textures are achieved through techniques that often utilise the natural environment, including imprinting rock sediment as well as staining and rinsing her paper in oceans and riverbeds. Her mix of earthy tones with layers of colour and symbolic paper cuts depicts the interconnected web of human life and nature. Nicola’s works in this exhibition highlight the importance and contribution of nature to our cities whilst reminding us to take a moment to appreciate the beauty of our natural environment and its many offerings.

Essay by Danielle Harvey

Nicola Moss is represented by Spiro Grace Art Rooms, Spring Hill. All works are courtesy of SGAR and the artist. For enquiries about these works, please ask for Kate Holloway at BCM Reception.

The works in this exhibition are for sale. Click here to see a catalogue of works.

Images courtesy of BCM.