What inspires your art practice?
I love being creative. When I left school I studied design because I thought that was the most creative thing I could do and earn a living. After several years I found out I was wrong. I became a full-time artist in 2006 and have never looked back. I continue to explore and try out new things. In my work, I use many different mediums, I love to paint, make sculptures and films. I have an exhibition each year which explores a subject of my interest. I have a strong connection with the sea and are inspired by life.
What materials do you work in?
When I do sculpture I usually work in wood.
Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
In today’s society, our landscape has changed. Smaller sections, bigger houses and often both partners will be out all day at work. While our houses are left unattended during work hours, our animals are left to fend for themselves and not all cope with this separation.
What is usually a quiet and peaceful neighbourhood can soon change when someone goes out to work and leaves behind a mourning dog. Do the owners really know what their dogs do all day? Do they care? It is not the dog’s fault. These are lovable friendly creatures that just need attention and freedom.
Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
Aside from my website: christiannicolson.co.nz my work is largely seen at Art by the Sea Gallery in Takapuna where I have an exhibition every year. I also have work at The Parnell Gallery, Art Matakana, Mobile Art, several works in The Wallace Collection, Megan Dickenson Gallery in Whangarei and OBV in Matakana.
Where did you study?