What Next?: Claudia Nicholson

Kate Britton introduces the work of artists you should put on your radar.

WHY PAY ATTENTION?

The last two years have been big for Colombian- born, Sydney-raised Claudia Nicholson. She’s currently in the Sulman Prize, and in residence at Carriageworks’ Clothing Store studios. Last year, she won the prestigious NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship and received critical acclaim for her work in The National. She was a finalist in the 2017 UQ self-portraiture prize, and this year she has so far exhibited at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and Next Wave in Melbourne, Art Month Sydney, and as part of Sydney’s iconic queer club night, Monsta Gras.

WHAT DOES SHE DO?

Nicholson’s work spans painting, installation, video, performance and the mercurial point between all these things. Particularly impactful have been her alfombra de aserrín (sawdust carpets), and silletas (wearable objects made from fresh flowers).

WHAT’S GOING ON?

Both these types of works draw on her Indigenous Colombian heritage, bringing to these traditional cultural objects a new perspective. Being adopted out of Colombia and raised in Australia, she is both deeply connected to and removed from these traditions. In exploring this identity, Nicholson plumbs both Latin American and Western culture. The result is personal, playful, and densely referenced.

THE ARTIST SAYS…

“For me, the creation of the silletas is an act of devotion. I use these artisanal practices in an ongoing attempt to situate myself in a history from which I am separate but enamoured by.”

SEE IT AT…

Nicholson will be travelling to Los Angeles and Mexico as part of her NSW Fellowship later this year. You can see new work she is producing for Campbelltown Arts Centre’s forthcoming 30th anniversary exhibition, We are all connected to Campbelltown (one way or another), running from 11 August to 14 October 2018.

This article was originally published in Art Collector issue 85, JUL–SEPT 2018. 

FOLLOW THIS ARTIST

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

READ MORE

Ann Shelton: Close to the Wind

A new exhibition by one of New Zealand’s most lauded lens-based practitioners Ann Shelton explores female experiences of representation, control, fertility and trauma.

Tim Silver: The Silver Bullet

Tim Silver’s work shoots straight from the hip, investigating the spaces between love, fragility, decay and death.

Sarah Contos: The Spellbinder

Beauty in trauma, magic in dirt… to understand the work of Sarah Contos is to understand how uncomfortably comfortable she is with life’s endless contradictions.

Betty Muffler: Healing Hands

Painter Betty Muffler offers the surreal quality of healing not only to her people, survivors and second generations, but also to her Country.

Julie Rrap: The Fast and The Funny

After four decades of practice, Julie Rrap is still doing what she does best: raising serious issues with dry humour, sharp wit and shrewd irony.

Teelah George: Alternating Currents

Teelah George’s embroidery works are built stitch by stitch, her paintings layer by layer – unravelling stories that are at once deeply personal and profoundly universal.