August 2017

Nicole Breedon

Nicole Breedon is the recipient of the 2017 Regional Art Residency, a residency undertaken in the Garden Studio of Cowwarr Art Space in Gippsland, Victoria.  During her month-long residency, Nicole will create a body of work entitled Everything’s OK, a slip cast ceramic piece depicting a partially decomposed/zombie hand gesturing “OK” which appears to be forcefully protruding from a small mound of dirt. Everything’s OK is about life after death, using humour to explore the macabre finality. It forms part of a series about death and dying, using different materials and processes which reflect the concept or subject matter of the work. 

Nicole Breedon’s interdisciplinary practice investigates the way humans create meaning and find significance in their lives in defiance of an absurd and infinite universe. Breedon’s methodology often pairs a work’s subject matter and material to create its narrative or illustrate its concept; often using images and tropes from popular-culture, religion, myth, and historical artefacts. Breedon’s work regularly uses two opposing yet co-existing forces such as tragedy and humour, beauty and ugliness, luxury and poverty to examine the modern contradiction between living an important life with a cohesive, meaningful narrative in a chaotic, often cruel, and unfathomably large universe. Breedon has exhibited in Australia and abroad including solo exhibitions Bongs and Commodores, Alaska Projects (Sydney); A Lot of Luckat Bus Projects (Melbourne); Feelings at West Space (Melbourne) and Firstdraft (Sydney); and Sierpinski Mountain at TCB (Melbourne). .