#Check in with Nicholas mid-way through his HOTA ArtKeeper residency below.
You’ve been doing a lot of experimenting with materials in the ArtKeeper studio. Tell us about where you’re at with your project.
NT: I have been experimenting and playing with a few different ideas and materials. Something I didn't expect to gravitate towards was cardboard. I have used it in the past to mock up ideas, but the making process for the sculpture I am working on is taking longer than expected and I have grown fond of how accessible and versatile this material is. It has been particularly good for scaling up my ideas and giving them volume, giving the text I’m using a more physical presence.
What is something you’ve learned or discovered during the process so far?
NT: I have had to learn how to turn 3D models into meshes that I can use to construct the sculptures. This process was a bit annoying at times, but I have also become really intrigued in the shapes the unfolded meshes have created, and this has inspired me to look at how text can be taken apart and represented in an abstracted way. It has also partially inspired some new ways I can work with text more gesturally, creating larger foam stamps to push and move text in bodily ways.
Given the co-working setup of the ArtKeeper studio, natural synergies between the artists and their projects/practices tend to emerge. Can you reflect on your experience in the studio so far?
NT: Sharing a studio space has been a really good experience. Being able to learn about the other artists’ practices and spend and share time actively making and being able to discuss ideas as they come into your head has been really helpful. I participated in one of Nadia’s workshops and that got me thinking more physically about my own work, and ways I can use and consider my body and the viewers body as a part of the work.
You’ve been spending some time with Artist Provocateur, Wesley Enoch AM recently – how are those conversations influencing your practice or project?
NT: Wesley has made me consider how my work can take shape in different forms, as well as ways I could better approach practice and use my time more efficiently. He has helped me consider how I can sustain my practice long term by suggesting other forms my work can take whilst making the steps to achieve bigger goals more clear.