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Translating Michelle Nikou's objects


Juliff, TD, Translating Michelle Nikou's objects, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Benella Art Gallery, Cairns Art Gallery, Anne and Gordon Samstag Gallery of Museum of Art University of South Australia, Coloundra Art Gallery, Western Plains Cultural Centre, 1, pp. 74 (2016) [Published Creative Work]

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Adelaide-based artist Michelle Nikou draws on surrealism in a reflective and productive way to transform mundane domestic objects and materials into sculptures of humour and marvel. In this exhibition of new and recent work she utilises surrealist strategies such as chance, psychological metaphor, deadpan wit and juxtaposition, and inventively mingles high and low art sources and cultural references. Her work intentionally blurs and extends the boundaries between fine art and craft and often invests unremarkable or overlooked facets of daily existence with new and unexpected significance.

Nikouís practice is also characterised by a deep engagement with language and she forges connections between art and literature that invoke suburban life, family interactions and food. Seemingly disparate concepts and materials are regularly combined to produce unsettling and sometimes absurd effects, such as the fried eggs made in bronze that lend the exhibition its title, the flattened egg forms suggesting the vowels of the alphabet.

As a result of imaginative exploration Nikou has evolved a distinctive visual vocabulary and sophisticated practice with a strong conceptual basis in its play of poetics, aesthetics and forms.

Item Details

Item Type:Published Creative Work
Keywords:contemporary sculpture, contemporary Australian art, translation studies, art
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Art history, theory and criticism
Research Field:Visual cultures
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The creative arts
UTAS Author:Juliff, TD (Dr Toby Juliff)
ID Code:123910
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Office of the School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2018-02-01
Last Modified:2019-04-03

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