Hello, my name is Nicole Moss. I am an award winning collage artist currently living and working in Toronto. I studied drawing and painting at OCAD University, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. First being primarily a painter, I discovered my passion for collaging while in University and fell in love. Even though I have strayed away from painting, I always end up creating artwork that is surreal.

 

I feel very connected to my dreams and have a great interest in my subconscious. I dream almost every night – every dream being a reflection of my desires and fears. I have been diagnosed with NREM (non-rapid eye movement) parasomnia, particularly confusional arousals. I awake while still remaining in a sleep state. I feel as if I am still in my dream causing me to interact with the people and objects around me. The tricks my mind plays on me causes me to visually see things that are not there, making me question what is real life and what is not. I feel my dream world is another reality I am very in tuned with and speaks greater truth than the one we all live in.

This fascination with my dream world has caused me to create artworks that are unusual and surreal. Within each collage I aim to create a surreal world and narrative that speaks greater truths than reality. These stories challenge one’s deepest desires, thoughts, fears and their mind. Themes I explore include relationships, family dynamics, feminism and Western society.

My images come from my large collection of vintage magazines and used books. I take these images directly out of the books and assemble them with traditional cut and paste methods.

I believe collage to be the perfect medium to communicate ideas due to the opportunity it provides for one to distort, choose and place an image wherever they desire in relation to another. The union of such different images is a romantic process in which their coalition is based off of what I believe to be objective chance – chance that produces meaningful and mystical insight.  

 

 

 

Education

 

2011-2015             Ontario College of Art and Design University

                              Toronto, Ontario

                              Bachelor of Fine Arts

                              Major: Drawing and Painting

 

2014-2016     Ontario College of Art and Design University

                              Toronto, Ontario

                              Digital Media Skills Certificate

 

Awards

 

2016                     Best of 2D Media: Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition 

 

2016                     Free Booth at The Artist Project 2016: Untapped Emerging Artist Competition 

 

2015                     Illustration Professional Runner-Up: Creative Quarterly 42

 

2015                     Best Of Drawing and Illustration: Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

 

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2015                      Ben Navaee Gallery, Toronto, ON

                              Altered Narrative

 

Juried Exhibitions

 

2015                      OCAD University, Toronto, ON

                              2014/2015 Fourth Year Awards & Medals Jury         

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2017                   The Artist Project 2017, Toronto, ON  

                           Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place

 

2016                  Yellow House Gallery, Toronto, ON

                          We Are All Precious Snowflakes: Holiday Exhibition

 

2016                   Yogathetix, Toronto, ON

                           Collages by Nicole Moss & Maria A. Vassiliou

 

2016                   Super Wonder Gallery, Toronto, ON

                           MUSE 2016 - A Representational Art Exhibition

 

2016                   The Distillery Historic District, Toronto, ON

                           Artfest Toronto           

 

2016                   The Mod Club, Toronto, ON

                            RAW: Toronto Presents Verve

 

2016                   Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora, ON

                           Agape Me: A Contemporary Lens on Love & Marriage

 

2016                   Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, 0N

                           Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

 

2016                    Dylan Ellis Gallery, Toronto, ON

                            Catalyst

 

2016                    Nature's Millworks, Paisley, ON

                            Catch the Wave of Art

 

2016                    Art Gallery of Burlington, Toronto, ON

                            38th Annual Art Auction

 

2016                    Yellow House Gallery, Toronto, ON

                            Grow Up and Give Art Party: The New Mom Project Fundraiser

 

2016                     Yellow House Gallery, Toronto, ON

                             Second Wave: Yellow House Gallery's Anniversary Exhibition and Birthday Bash

 

2016                     Propeller Gallery, Toronto, ON

                             Come Together, curated by Barbara Astman 

 

2016                     The Artist Project 2016: UNTAPPED Emerging Artists Competition, Toronto, ON

                              Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place

 

2016                      OCAD University, Toronto, ON

                              The Big Draw

 

2015                      Ben Navaee Gallery, Toronto, ON

                              Black and White 2015

 

2015                      Yellow House Gallery, Toronto, ON

                               We Are All Precious Snowflakes: Holiday Exhibition

 

2015                      Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON

                              Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

 

2015                      Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Facility, Mississauga, ON

                              Experiencing Perspectives 2015-2016

 

2015                      Office of Continuing Studies at OCAD University, Toronto, ON

                              Mirrors and Lenses

 

2015                      OCAD University, Toronto, ON

                              OCAD University 100th Annual Graduate Exhibition

 

2015                      Moniker Gallery, Toronto, ON

                              Deeply Disturbed

 

2014                      OCAD University, Toronto, ON

                              The Big Draw

 

2014                      OCAD Open Gallery, Toronto, ON

                              OCAD Popped