ART AND DESIGN FORUM - ARFD400
In collaboration with Residency Unlimited
Andrew Nicholls is an Australian/British artist, writer, and curator whose practice engages with the sentimental, camp, and other historically-marginalized aesthetics, and traces the historical recurrence of particular aesthetic motifs. He is especially concerned with periods of cultural transition during which Western civilization’s stoic aspirations were undone by base desires, fears or compulsions. While primarily drawing-based, his practice also incorporates ceramics, photography, installation, performance, and filmmaking. He particularly draws inspiration from heritage sites and museum collections, and his curatorial practice largely focuses on artists’ residencies in such locations, in addition to the very remote regional Western Australian landscape. Nicholls will discuss his ongoing interest in marginalization and imperialism, and how these have been reflected through the decorative and literary arts, historically. This will include an introduction to his recent residency projects in China, England, Italy, and remote regional Australia.