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. 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. 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.
Nicola Moss has exhibited throughout Australia; in 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, Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, the STILL: National Still Life Award, Gold Coast Art Prize, Geelong Contemporary Art Award, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, Libris Awards and the Sunshine Coast Art Prize. Her work is held in several collections including that of the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Moreton Bay Region Art Collection and Redland Art Gallery Collection.
"For Nicola Moss environmental awareness and sustainability are not new concerns, or a superficial response to the 'green' trend, but part of an ongoing artistic idiom, informed by her political, spiritual and philosophical beliefs, as well as volunteering activities over the years. Her work aligns with sustainism - a new cultural movement or era linked to the concerns and values of sustainability, locality, interconnectedness, fairness, and a long-term view of human endeavour. Her practice stems from a collective world view that stresses the interdependence between cultural and natural environments, where nature is a source rather than a resource." Stephanie Lindquist, 2013.