Nicola draws from her local environment, the balance of nature and how humans have altered it - to a point of no return. This change has in part been subtle but cumulative. She likes to explore these concerns in many different media – printmaking, ceramics, paintings and installations.
Nicola studied Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury and went on to complete a Diploma in Education. After which she taught art and art history for a number of years.
In February 2018, Nicola's most recent solo show at the Mangawhai Artists Gallery 'Gold and Oil, the Legacy and Menace of the Niagara' alerted locals and visitors to Mangawhai of the threat of the RMS Niagara which was sunk off the coast in 1940. The oil carried on board remains in tanks that are now leaking. Nicola’s work showed some of the history of the Niagara and explored what the Niagara oil could do to our fish, sea plants and bird life.
"Just off Bream Head on our beautiful coast there is a hidden and forgotten menace. Laden with gold and fuel, the wreck of the Niagara lies where it was sunk by a Second World War bomb. The tanks are rusting and decaying. Nicki explored what this means for our coastal shore, sea and bird life in a solo exhibition and installation using woodcut and other printmaking techniques, ceramics and paintings."
Nicola's exhibition raised awareness locally and gained national publicity.
Nicola exhibits regularly in solo and group shows. In August 2019 she was one of seven Mangawhai printmakers in "Seven Impressions" exhibition. Her Artists Statement and her works in this show are below.
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"Seven Impressions" August 2019
These 4 images show the block and final prints of her woodcut "To Hell with a Handbag" and five of Nicola's paper 'handbags' from the same exhibition.
Below is Nicola's artist statement from the 'Seven Impressions' exhibition.
Hell in a Hand Bag
Historically printmaking was often used to convey social or political statements. ‘In my works for this exhibition I am exploring the following questions:
'Gold and Oil, the Legacy and Menace of the Niagara' February 2018