Lot 428 - Nicole Coson - Untitled
Oil and Ink on Paper
A6 (10x15cm) original artwork
Signed on verso
Born in 1992 in Manila, Philippines, Filipino artist Nicole Coson has recently completed an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art. She has been selected as part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2020. She currently lives and works in London, UK.
I am interested in exploring the concepts of visibility and disappearance, with reference to camouflage and concealment in nature as well as in human applications as tactical countermeasures. I am in search of a productive position within invisibility that lends artists the opportunity in which we are able to negotiate the terms of our visibility. To vanish and reappear as we please and as necessary to our own personal and artistic objectives. My work operates between the anonymous and deeply personal, between a specific place in the Philippines and anywhere at all.
I create works that seek to stretch and skew the viewers ability to detect cultural precursors as memories, identity and location blend into seamlessness constructing a space which is both familiar and alien, escapist and entrapping. I wish to create an imagined safe space to run away to, a place which stems from a point of personal history, a moment intricately and preciously encased in layers of fleeting apparitions and tropical childhood flashbacks. An instance I can step into, beyond the dimensions of the living, a place of perfect dislocation. I make works that function as architectural interventions of physical space piercing walls with flourishing green windows inviting the viewer to get lost in misty tropical landscapes and into the stage of a memory accessed countless times.
MA Painting, Royal College of Art, London, UK
BA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins, London, UK
2021 Exoskeleton, Silverlens Galleries, Manila
2020 Exeunt, Annka Kultys Gallery, London
2019 Deflect, Gallerie Untilthen, Paris
2017 Camouflage, Silverlens Gallery, Manila
2021 Bloomberg New Contemporaries, South London Gallery, London
2021 Tonight, the Air is Warm, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London
2020 50/50, Fold Gallery, London
2020 London Grads Now, Saatchi Gallery, London
2020 Painting Differently, Silverlens Gallery, London
2020 Cacotopia 04, Annka Kultys, London
About the postcard artwork
Some memories cling to the body like a thin layer of sweat. A particular moisture that rests sheer on the skin on warm humid nights that never dries.