"As a relief printmaker, carving the block is about 'taking out' to achieve balance and harmony. Similarly, living simply creates spaciousness, movement, gratitude and vitality."
Nicola trained as a printmaker in London and holds a degree from the University of Florida. She has illustrated a variety of publications and was commissioned as the poster artist for the 19th Biennial Conference of Marine Mammals. During 2012, she taught at Lingnan University, Hong Kong, as visiting artist-in-residence. This event continues to inform her ongoing working methods.
The contemplative quality of linocuts is her primary focus: printmaking as both a meditative practice and an unfolding story; her block prints explore the multiplicity of "serving in relation to others" as form. She is continually working on new pieces, respecting the ever-flow of possibility.
She travels to art shows and open markets and is the recipient of numerous awards. It is there the beauty of traditional relief printmaking and bookmaking culture can be shared in person. She's a lifetime contemplative reader of the Bhagavad-Gita in the devotional tradition and experiences the nourishing power of sound daily via nature, devotional voice, traditional bamboo flute, meditative drumming and prayerful relationship with the Divine.
Nicola grew up near Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban. It was in Cape Town that she first came in contact with linocuts, a bold printmaking medium that served as a powerful voice in the eighties.
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