NICOL SANDERS O'SHEA

After gaining a Master of Fine Art with first class honours from Elam School of Fine Arts, Nicole began teaching tertiary art & design programmes. Since 1997 she has worked at institutions in both Auckland and Hawkes Bay, including AUT, University of Auckland, and EIT. She is now the Programme Coordinator for the Bachelor of Creative Industries at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology as well as a regular contributing artist at public galleries throughout New Zealand, including the Hastings City Art Gallery, Gus Fisher Gallery, Tauranga Art Gallery, Calder and Lawson Gallery.

Her work is created using multiple screen-printed illustrations and found object stencils. Her process involves the use of screen-printing to construct the work, built up in several layers to subvert or disrupt the implied meaning in my investigation of memory, fiction and interpretation. It is an attempt to create a visual record of her mixed recollection and observations, as child or parent, something she has witnessed past or present, reality or fiction. Her work supports and contradicts the reproductive nature of the printmaking process. These print works are not editioned; instead she plays with repetitive and reproductive printed elements within each work.