Nicola Anthony, Saung (Burmese Harp), Incense-burned calligraphy paper, ink and wire, 30cm X 40cm x 60cm, 2016

About the artwork

Nicola creates by collecting, mapping and archiving stories, testimonies, secrets and memories. 

Each artwork is shaped by the story it contains - multilayered, fragile, suspended in time. Some take the form of text sculptures, others portray traces of lost stories and unheard voices through burnt, worn and layered surfaces.

She focuses her work on untold narratives, social memory, and place memory.

The process of capturing unheard voices has led her artistic research to navigate topics such as: social and political undercurrents in Myanmar, Singapore, SouthEast Asia; Narratives that pierce through time to WW2 such as Holocaust survivors testimonies and stories that are found in the porous surfaces of London’s bombed buildings; and individual untold stories from disenfranchised communities and survivors of emotional trauma.


“I spent my formative years struggling to define the truth. I learned that two opposing things can simultaneously be true. I take the same approach to art as I do life: Trying to discover and uncover the truth, peeling back the layers, breaking it down into small moments which add up to make the whole. These small, foundational elements may be unseen, misunderstood, or misrepresented. How can we understand ourselves or the people we meet without going deeper and rediscovering the human stories?”

Nicola collects paper aeroplanes, proverbs, poems, riddles, birdsong recordings, curses, confessions, laments, praises, prayers, prophecies, and public announcements.



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Nicola Anthony (b.1984) is a British artist working internationally. Born in London, she studied at University of the Arts London (CSM) and Loughborough University.

Her latest museum solo exhibition, Human Archive Project, was commissioned by Singapore Art Museum.

This year she was invited by Steven Spielberg’s USC Shoah Foundation to create a commissioned sculpture in their public entrance.

Her previous solo show and published book, Intersection, was created during her time as artist-in-residence at the NPE Art Residency, receiving National Art Council Singapore funding to exhibit in Singapore 2017 and Myanmar 2018. In 2018 her work will be showcased at the National Art Gallery of Malaysia in the KL Biennale.

Recently her traveling sculpture Great Soul has been shown at the Kuala Lumpur Biennale, the Vargas Museum in Manila, the Aceh Tsunami Museum in Indonesia, and is currently at Oil Art Space, Hong Kong.

Widely collected and exhibited internationally, Nicola also creates large scale installations and public sculptures. Her latest were commissioned for Singapore Art Museum, Marina Bay (Singapore), Facebook’s Asia headquarters, Yellow Ribbon Project, and University of Southern California.

Around the world Nicola has exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery Project Space (UK), the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (USA), Shinjuku Creators Fiesta (Tokyo), & featured in shows around Asia and Europe. Her artwork has received sponsorship from Tate Britain, & been exhibited in Tate Modern’s ‘No Soul for Sale’.


Exhibitions, Awards, & notable CommissionS

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