Nicola Woodcock (SOLD)

Preserved, 2021

OIL PASTEL ON TIMBER
63 × 63 cm
$1,800
It’s two days before submission day. It’s school holidays and we’ve been locked down for 14 weeks. I have to be resourceful. In my studio I find two dried sprigs; eucalyptus leaves and a king protea. Preserved for weeks. Crispy on the edges and faded. They remind me that time appears to be standing still.
Originally from the UK I am now a Sydney based artist working out of my studio in Terrey Hills. I have recently been a finalist in The Northern Beaches Art Prize, The Little Things Art Prize and The York Botanic Art Prize. In August 2021 I had a sell out solo exhibition at Michael Reid Northern Beaches. Inspired by the bushland surrounding my studio, and the native flora I find there. I choose oil pastels because they force me to work with bold decisive marks. I don’t erase or rub out ‘mistakes’. I don’t overwork the pastels and rarely overlay colours. My botanical studies are unpretentious and contemporary depictions of native flora with the viewer finding comfort in the familiar motifs of the Australian Bush.

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