I am a visual artist creating both abstract and representational paintings. Working also in 3D, with the skills of a seamstress and the use of mixed media, I make installations that allow for the reinvention of time, space and scale. These are my tools for researching the mechanics and mysteries of the internal world of an ordinary human being.
The prompts for my work are wide and varied; from themes of childhood and rites of passage, to celebrations of the everyday in perhaps the bobbing of a tugboat, or the glistening of a salt cellar, and lately include the enlightening impact of mortality in the face of cancer and mastectomy. My practice consists of a quiet attending to life’s ordinary activities, a conscious engagement of my condition of synaesthesia to heighten my own experience, and a considered response using the vocabulary of a multidisciplinary artist.
A background in scientific research serves me well in my art work, acting as valuable underpinning for my creative enquiries. Another resource, bequeathed me by devout ancestors, is a pull towards the stillness found in ceremony and in the singing of sacred music. My supporting influences stem particularly from the work of Louise Bourgeois, Paula Reago, Louise Nevelson, Grayson Perry, William Morris, Alexander McQueen and Cy Twombly. Whereas the media of film and fiction, for example Pan’s Labyrinth, The Orphanage, Northern Lights, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, offer me parallels to the worlds within which my own art takes form and so assist in the retrieval of my own sources.
As a scientist, I employed mathematics; an eloquent language with which to explore and express the internal workings of the musculoskeletal system. Now it is the interaction of colour, shape and form which bestows, once more, a language fitting for both investigation and communication. Rich in its poetry, it is also a language generous enough for viewers to make their own.
As an artist, I sit in the privileged position of one able to be the bridge; to transport information from an innermost human life, into the dimensions of the outer physical world we inhabit and from which we inevitably receive impact. Such an exploration into the nature of human experience offers an empathy and connection with the viewer, and is an invitation to explore and wonder upon the wealth and mystery within each human life.
nicolahancock.co.uk shows my current work.
nicolahancockthetestaments.co.uk is an archive of work to 2013.
Supported by my own practice, I have established Courtyard Studios as a place of creative exchange for artists and to provide an environment in which to access the seat of creativity, both to make art and as a life force. My own willingness to create is an invitation for the same freedom in others. I regularly exhibit, give talks and run workshops.
The everyday business of life as an artist is shared in my blog nicolahancockblog.co.uk