Hunkered down in the studio, windows blacked out, working on a companion piece to Glacial.
2017 Single channel HD Video Duration 4:18
Remembering folding an iceberg out of pristine white paper during my voyage south, back in my studio I began to construct stop-motion animations out of crumpled sheets of paper. These simple forms evoked the juddering lateral movement of ice, and over 1600 frames later culminated in Glacial (2016).
The animation tracks along a single piece long sheet of paper as it folds, crumples and buckles across the screen. The sequence of tension and compression evokes the shifting expanse of ice, creating a constant movement between illusion and reality. As a large-format projected image, the work becomes an immersive experience in which the viewer becomes enveloped in a meditative engagement with the monumental.
Stills from glacial
I felt that two dimensions of drawings and paintings captured a particular moment in time, while what I really wanted to represent was the deep time embodied in glaciers and ice sheets. I began to experiment with making short animations that functioned as time-lapse drawings of this landscape; a single drawing, repeatedly reworked and re-photographed, frame-by-frame. Click on the images for a link to view the animtions on vimeo
Made onboard the ship on the homeward journey from Mawson Station Antactica. After filling many sketchbooks, these works are the first attempt to capture the environment I had experienced.
He has held 6 solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane as well as being part of many group exhibitions both in Australia and the UK. In 2006, he was an artist in residence at Bundanon, then in 2008 Nicholas journeyed to Antarctica as an Arts Fellow of the Australian Antarctic Division.
Travelling south he had few preconceived ideas of what drawings he would make whilst there and the shape the work would take once back to his studio. 8 years later he is still exploring.
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