Born in 1968, Nic Moon grew up in South Auckland and graduated from Canterbury University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1990. She lived and worked as an artist at St Arnaud, an isolated village in the Southern Alps for ten years, exhibiting mostly in Auckland during that time. Moon completed a Master of Fine Arts at RMIT in Melbourne in 2002.
For the past ten years, Moon has worked from a studio above the industrial port in Nelson. Her focus is human ecology, the ways that people interact with the environments in which they live. She is equally at home working in remote places or industrialised urban landscapes. Her starting point for a project is to observe the environment, asking what this specific place has seen and experienced, what it holds in its ‘tissue memory’.
In 2015 Moon was part of a small team who created The Cocoon, for Christchurch’s Whole House Reuse project, exhibited at Canterbury Museum. As well as engaging with local communities she often collaborates with scientists, ecologists and architects. Materials and the processes of making are central to her work. Moon’s paintings and intricately crafted sculptural works often incorporate light, creating artworks that provide experiences that are quiet, theatrical and immersive.
Moon was awarded the William Hodges Fellowship in 2009, and the Auckland Council’s inaugural Artists in Parks Residency in 2008. She was commissioned by Auckland Council in 2013 to create a sculptural installation and to collaborate with Jasmax Architects for a new library at Ranui in the Waitakeres.
Recent projects include an installation at Auckland International Airport’s sculpture park, and she is currently working on a large concept to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Regional Parks in Auckland. Moon was also one of six artists selected to represent New Zealand at the City of London Festival in 2011. Her work held in numerous public, private and corporate collections.