Nicole Moss is an award winning collage artist currently living and working in Toronto. She studied drawing and painting at OCAD University, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2015. Even though she may have previously identified as a painter, she discovered her passion for traditional cut and paste collage and fell in love with this artistic method. And although she has for the most part left painting behind she still use its essential influences to create my current pieces.
Moss' fixation with dreams and the subconscious has caused her to create artwork that is both unusual and surreal. Within each collage she aims to create a particular world and a unique narrative that can challenge one’s deepest beliefs, thoughts, and fears. The themes she tries to explore most frequently include relationships, family dynamics, feminism, and Western cultural precepts. For the most part, the images come from her large collection of vintage magazines and used books. She takes these images straight from the pages and assemble them with traditional cut and paste methods. Moss believes collage to be the perfect medium to display challenging ideas because of the opportunity it provides for the potential distortion and modification of these images. The arrangement of such diverse images is a romantic process based on what she believes to be objective chance, which can produce meaningful and mystical insight.
Ways I Work
What do you listen to when you work?
Amsterdam trap music.
What places do you hang out in Toronto?
Marben - my favourite restaurant.
Why is art important to you?
Creating makes me feel alive and transports me to another world where I am totally in control. I love creating something out of nothing and giving others the opportunity to feel and see something they have never experienced before.
Best season of the year in Toronto
Who do you consider a genius?
When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...
in the gym. I love working out.
Beverage of choice
When did you start making art, and why?
I have been making art my entire life. I do not recall a time where I decided to be an artist, I feel it wasn't a choice, it is what I am.
Describe your home in 3 words
Magazine clippings EVERYWHERE
Everyone should know about
Yellow Claw. They are my favourite DJ's.