Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Artist Statement

Such a big week this week.  I have been madly writing about my work.  It is utterly exhausting.  But I have applied for a scholarship, an exhibition and tweaked my work proposal for assessment.  Now I am spent!  But everything is done.  Woo.

Here is my updated artist statement:

Naomi Nicholls’ work plays with colour and geometric abstraction to explore how we experience space, depicting the three dimensional in two dimensions. Shapes created through folding paper provided the initial impetus for this body of work which has evolved into a series of large wall installations, paintings on canvas and photographs. 

The work oscillates between different spatial readings, exploring form and generating images through reprographic processes; by going back and forth between the folded line, the folded form, and reproducing these lines and forms in various media.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

House paint - it's a revolution


It only took me 4 months (or something) to realise I should be using house paint.  I got some from the hardware store last night - why did it take me so long?
It goes on much more smoothly than what I had been using in previous installations.  Right tool for the job and all that.  The large triangular areas are house paint.  The shapes are artist acrylics.  This is a work in progress.  Needs a little more 'looking' and perhaps a few more shapes to the nebulous shape in the centre.

As is sometimes my custom, I had trouble with colour again.  Or at least, I thought I did.  Choosing for the shapes in the centre was hard.  But I sorted it, and I'm really pleased with the palette.  Part of my problem seems to be over-thinking.  It's terribly hard to turn off my brain.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Woodgrain contact



Yep, I finally did.  I have been pondering woodgrain contact all semester.  What might I use if for?  Where can I get it from? etc.  And here we are.



It's the larger Apple Peel that I wanted to try and in a limited palette. It's a fabulous medium to work in and goes up really fast.  If I had boundless time, I would like to do more versions - try other colours, other contact, maybe some patterns.  Would also be interesting done horizontally in this large scale.  I wonder if it would start to look decorative and what I could do to prevent that.  Hmm.