The Artist as a migrant: From one Island to another

I feel it is time to share the reason why I make the work I do, to tell you a bit about my personal transcultural background. This is not written on my ‘artist bio’, but it is the thing that leads me to delve into the sometimes sensitive topics which I explore through art.

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'The Journey of Our Parallel Lives' at The Lightbox

‘The Journey of Our Parallel Lives’ is one of three new artworks of mine which will be on display at The Lightbox in Woking, UK as part of the Royal Society of Sculptors’ exhibition: Parallel Lines: Drawing and Sculpture. The piece was made in response to Kenneth Armitage’s artwork ‘Walking Group’. It will also be exhibited alongside Armitage’s piece as well as works by other great masters such as Dame Barbara HepworthSir Anthony Caro, John Behan, Michael Ayrton, Lynn Chadwick, Eduardo Paolozzi.

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'Saving Our Souls' at The Lightbox

‘Saving our Souls’ is one of three new artworks of mine which will be on display at The Lightbox in Woking, UK as part of the Royal Society of Sculptors’ exhibition: Parallel Lines: Drawing and Sculpture. The piece was made in response to John Behan’s work Ghost Boat. It will also be exhibited alongside Behan’s piece as well as works by other great masters such as Dame Barbara HepworthSir Anthony Caro, Lynn Chadwick, Eduardo Paolozzi, Michael Ayrton, and kenneth Armitage.

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'Maze Fragment' at The Lightbox

‘Maze Fragment’ is one of three new artworks which will be on display at The Lightbox in Woking, UK as part of the Royal Society of Sculptors’ exhibition: Parallel Lines: Drawing and Sculpture. The piece was made in response to Michael Ayrton’s sculpture ‘Maze Music’. It will also be exhibited alongside Ayrton’s piece as well as works by other great masters such as Dame Barbara HepworthSir Anthony Caro, Lynn Chadwick, John Behan, Eduardo Paolozzi, and kenneth Armitage.

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Lookback: Two artworks about 'home'.

Here, Nicola shares some thoughts on the works she has created for EXPARTE, an exhibition curated by curator collective Something Human in London, 2015. Discussing themes of language, text and journey, she describes her interactive artwork ‘Six Thousand Moments’ and her piece ‘Constellation’.

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Rice by Eva - Inspired writing - Clockwork Moons

Carpe Art Journal features fiction, essays, reviews and personal anecdotes about art. The essay ‘Rice’ by Eva Wong Nava was inspired by one of the artworks in Nicola Anthony’s Clockwork Moon’s series. Clockwork Moons (Time Waits for No Migrant Man) triggered a childhood memory of loss and enlightenment prompting Eva to write this beautiful story. The story was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2018 by the Editor of Ariel Chart Magazine.

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Intersection, Yangon Exhibition

Intersection was an exhibition of poetry and visual art by Singaporean poet Marc Nair and visual artist Nicola Anthony. The work maps an architecture of memory at the junction of three diverse cities: Yangon, London, and Singapore.

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Secretariat Mini-Residency and Photo-box

From this one-day residency the piece “a staircase leads to the defined place for making art” was produced. The piece was a photo-box documenting the interventions in Secretariat. The box was made by a local Yangon man in the market square and includes a site specific poem written by Marc Nair.

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Burning and weaving: Time-lapse of installation artwork

This video is about Area Clearance - an installation artwork made in 2018, paired with a poem of the same name by Marc Nair. The artwork and poem tackle the subject of genocide of the Rohingya tribe in Myanmar, featuring burned paper, prayer leaves, ash and coal to make an archway which visitors can step into. Showcased at Myanm/art Gallery, Yangon, in collaboration with Intersections Gallery Singapore.

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Video: The making of a public sculpture

The sculpture unveiling in 2018 coincided with the dedication ceremony for the USC Shoah Foundation’s new home at Leavey Library at University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The artwork features the life story of Jona Goldrich, a holocaust survivor who escaped from Poland during WW2. Jona’s testimony has been sculpted into an artwork.

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UNEXPECTED HAPPINESS

In my research over the years I have spoken to many individuals who have generously shared their stories for me to retell in sculptural form. One thing I observed from these humbling conversations is that those I spoke to who had the most difficult and challenging stories to tell, also expressed the purest sense of happiness and joy. It will always remain unknown how happy we all are relative to each other, but I certainly get a sense that those who found happiness after struggle were the ones who recognised, appreciated and basked in that joy the most - even if it was just a fleeting moment. 

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Saung featured in Artwork Focus

Suspended in mid-air, three delicate paper sculptures strike an ethereal image with intricate shadows cast on the wall behind. Boat-like in shape, with strings attached from the body to the elegantly curved neck, Humming History, Paper Notes, and Arpeggio by artist Nicola Anthony take as their inspiration the traditional court instrument of Burma (as Myanmar was known in ancient times): the saung, a harp carved from the root of a tree and strung with silk.

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PART PRINT, PART SCULPTURE, PART DRAWING...

There was a moment which made my senses tingle as I saw the final print of this artwork emerge on its gorgeous paper, thanks to the printing experts at NPE Art Residency whilst I was artist-in-residence there. It is my first digital fine art print in a long time, (an exclusive edition of 15, available here). I want to share with you the journey of this artwork... 

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Artworks featured in Auction, Singapore / Online

The Hotlotz Auction features limited edition prints of four selected artworks by Nicola Anthony. There will also be prints from Kusama, Picasso, Marc ChagaLl and local Singaporean artists. Click to bid online here or read on below for insight into the creative process behind These prints…

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London artist exhibits her Human Archive at Singapore Art Museum

Nicola Anthony, a British artist working in SouthEast Asia, has garnered international acclaim for her work and this year has been working with the Singapore Art Museum, home to one of the most important collections of contemporary art from the region.

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New digital fine art print: exclusive edition of 15 | Part print, part sculpture, part drawing

A swirling tangle of timeline...

Earlier this year there was a moment which made my senses tingle as I saw the final print of this artwork emerge on its gorgeous paper, thanks to the printing experts at NPE Art Residency. It is my first digital fine art print in a long time, (an exclusive edition of 15, available at Intersections Gallery). I want to share with you the journey of this artwork... I had been working on sketches and maps of connections, creating vast drawings of webbed, intersecting lines. The artwork pairs with a poem called 'Museum of London' by Marc Nair. With my traditional pen on paper technique I drew my ideas from the lines on our palm which some people believe map our destiny; the interconnections on a family tree or a social network which map our now and our beginnings; as well as timelines which span back into history to connect us to multiple versions of the past. 

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Intersection: A new body of art, sculpture, poetry, ink painting & drawing

"The elements that stir us to make art are flickering moments: a brief flash of recognition, a hint of scent memory, a nexus of discovery. Above all, an intersection."

A travelling project which spanned Yangon (Myanmar) London city wall (UK), and Kampong Glam (Singapore). Funded by National Arts council (Singapore) and hosted at Intersections Gallery.

Intesection is a new body of work. Visual art created by Nicola Anthony, poetry created by Marc Nair.

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50 Skies: 50 Scars - Interview with Nicola Anthony featured in Trebuchet Magazine - "I wanted to actually capture some of the sky..."

In this interview for Trebuchet Magazine, contemporary British artist Nicola Anthony talks about her work at the Krisis Exhibition 50 scars : 50 skies.

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