Nicola has just completed a Master of Architectural Studies at the University of Auckland and is now about to attend Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design to undertake a Master of Arts Management. She has continued her creative practice right throughout her time at university and is now actively pursuing a career in curating. As a Muriwai resident since she was a child, Nicola is strongly influenced by the landscape she has immersed herself in and this is apparent in all of her work.
Nicola’s current collection, Te Hauora, consists of a series of detailed plaster models and photographs that were developed to compliment her master’s thesis of the same name. Plaster models are photographed against the powerful landscape of Aotea in order to provide a commentary for the relationship between our creative, spiritual mind and architecture. Architecture enhances the landscape in a way that enforces the extension of our creative boundaries. The views created by the insertion of the plaster models extend the cultural boundaries of the space. You are not bound by the confines of four walls; the architecture does no inhibit your experience. Instead the boundaries are extended in each direction as far as the eye can see. Your body is positioned in the landscape and you can begin to understand your position in a wider context. As you gaze onto the landscape before you with the warm soil between your toes, ocean breeze cool on your cheek and the grandeur of the sea in front of you, you begin to realise that this place where you stand is yours, this is where you belong.
“This is a place for healing of the spirit. It is calm and peaceful. As your periphery is blocked out by the towering white forms, you are given the chance to meditate without the distractions of life. It is a space for thinking and contemplating. The sky connects your spirit with religion and philosophy, all of your great ideas are conceived in this place. If you lie on your back on the cool grass and look out into the sky you will consider the final axis of your creative boundaries, into the heavens and beyond. The bright blue sky is blinding, your eyes adjust and the towers fall into obscurity around the edges of your consciousness. Tall, long, dark, light.”
For enquiries into Nicola’s work please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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