Gallery at HOTA | 22-Oct-2018
Accomplished Gold Coast artist, Nicola Moss continues her exploration of stories of urban green spaces, both here and in Japan, with an exhibition at HOTA.
Venue: HOTA, Home of the Arts
Address: 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise QLD
Date: 20 Oct to 25 Nov
Time: Daily 10am - 5pm
Ticket: Free
Call: 07 5588 4067
Nicola Moss | Tokyo wild "“ Tree in Hand' 2018 (detail) | Assorted papers, synthetic polymer paint, collagraph and relief prints, charcoal frottage, oil crayon, ink, ochre, watercolour and matt varnish on stretched linen. 150 x 200cm | Photographed by Carl Warner | Courtesy of the artist and Onespace Gallery
From 20 October "“ 25 November, Moss's Breathing in Trees "“ where she makes fine art with paper "“ embodies a delicate observation of the intertwined relationship between the human experience, the built environment and urban green spaces.

Driven by a burning question, What is sustainability?', Moss engages people in considering the value of healthy environment, exploring possible futures where conservation and urban development find balance.

Showcased within HOTA's Foyer Gallery, in tandem with the Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award 2018 concurrently in the main gallery space, Breathing in Trees contrasts Suginami City, Japan (where Moss undertook a residency at Youkobo Art Space) and the Gold Coast.

"With similar populations but vastly different geographical sizes, the two cities presented the opportunity to explore the influence of green spaces in generating social cohesion and liveability of built environments," said Moss.

The result of Moss's ongoing investigation is a delight: compositions of organic forms made from cutting and layering paper and working with a variety of media "“ charcoal, water colour, oil crayon, ink and ochre.

Through her observations, Moss finds that paper has the ability to record nuances of experience and place', and in Breathing in Trees she explores that innate human desire to connect with nature.

Gallery Director, Tracy Cooper-Lavery, said HOTA is proud to support the development of new work by homegrown artists in lively and stimulating ways.

"As we set our sights on the purpose-built Gallery in 2021, showcasing local talent like Nicola Moss, whose work provides an insightful perspective on our relationship with the built and natural environment, is essential to fostering the scope local art delivers across the world."

Returning to the Gold Coast, Moss has continued her green spaces project, seeking out the stories of treasured gardens locally.

Breathing in Trees is a free exhibition on display at the Gallery at HOTA from 20 October "“ 25 November.

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