Nicola Anthony MRSS
Telling life stories via text sculpture in metal. Research into otherness, displacement & intergenerational trauma. Other works show traces of lost stories & unheard voices through burnt, worn, layered surfaces. I focus on untold narratives, collective memory, migration, otherness & anti-racism.
Nicola Anthony (b.1984) is a visual artist based between Dublin and Singapore, and an elected member of the Royal Society of Sculptors. In recent years she has completed three artist residencies, had a solo show at Singapore Art Museum, exhibited in the Kuala Lumpur Biennale, been invited to install public sculptures in Singapore, Colorado, Dublin and Los Angeles, and been shortlisted for the Sovereign Art Prize three times. She has been practicing for fifteen years and created exhibitions and commissions for art institutions and cultural foundations in Singapore, Hong Kong, Myanmar, USA, UK, Indonesia and Malaysia. She studied Fine Art at Loughborough University in the UK and University of the Arts London.
I focus my work on untold narratives, social memory, and place memory. I create by collecting, mapping and archiving a finespun world of memories and narratives. My work takes two forms - text sculptures, or layered and burned drawings on calligraphy paper. To me both forms are either an act of telling a story, or realising that some stories are unutterable, erased, censored or lost. Each artwork is shaped by the life story it contains - multilayered, fragile, suspended in time.
Recently, I have concentrated on stainless steel text sculptures, or hand-burned paper sculptures and drawings with light projection. I burn the paper with joss sticks to create imagery in the voids, and I cut metal with lasers and heat to create text. Other works also incorporate glass vessels in which I suspend kinetic text sculptures. I like the natural origins of my materials - from earth, minerals and trees, and that these can be altered through my application of heat rather than paint.
My most recent public sculpture was commissioned by The Shoah Foundation in Los Angeles, an institution which was founded by Steven Spielberg and works to develop empathy, understanding and respect. 'Shoah' means Holocaust, and the resulting stainless steel text sculpture features the life story of Jona Goldrich, a Holocaust survivor who escaped from Poland during WW2. I am now working on a series of works exploring stories from survivors of genocide and religious attacks.