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meet nicola

"Right now I am creating embroidered fabric sculptures which seem like they have their own inner spirit. I’m really interested in sculptures that can be small, funny, and friendly"

I am a visual artist and object maker who works in an abstract and improvisational way.

 

I love to work with collage, handmade papers, biro, watercolour, soft pastels, and textiles. Right now I am creating embroidered fabric sculptures which seem like they have their own inner spirit. I’m really interested in sculptures that can be small, funny, and friendly - yet at the same time have great power. Such as: netsuke, gargoyles, or Japanese shrine statues.

Being in art therapy for 2 years with a wonderful therapist had a huge influence on me. My art practice was protected during this time from needing to impress anyone. In this space, I learned how to use art as a loving and special form of communication with myself and others.

I see my art-making as a relationship with the art materials, chance, nature, parts of myself I haven’t met, and all the other beings which made it possible for me to create that artwork.

I am currently interested in creating natural dyes and pigments for my art from plants and rocks in my local area. I want my art practice to be rooted in a relationship with materials, human community and nature. Through the physical movements of mark-making, I enter a state which is calm yet full of energy at the same time. It feels a bit like dancing or singing. I get to meet the artwork through slowly letting go of my own tight control and expectations. I receive the surprising gifts that the art materials, chance, and my unknown emotional self offer me. I respond to what they give me - it is like a conversation back and forth.

My artworks are like magical objects. I hope for them to give the feeling to the viewer that no matter who they are and whatever they are feeling, the whole of their thoughts and emotions is completely accepted in the artwork’s presence.

I am interested in making my art for public spaces - such as libraries, shopping centres, offices or hospitals. I would like my public art to gently invite people to look, think, feel, and just be, without pressure. This is something that I would love to have more of in public life.