Lot 24 - Nicola Anthony - Brilliant confusion
Lot 24 - Nicola Anthony - Brilliant confusion

Lot 24 - Nicola Anthony - Brilliant confusion

Collage using ink pen, pencil and mond print on paper

2023

A6 (10x15cm)

Original Artwork

Signed on Verso

This auction is raising proceeds for The Hepatitis C Trust

Curated by Cura Art

ARTIST INFO

About 

A British Anglo-Indian sculptor who has created public artworks around the world which tell powerful stories and connect with history, people and places. Anthony has just installed a large permanent sculpture at the University of Galway and launched her largest artwork ever: emblazoning the 100m tall Liverpool Cathedral with a light-projection artwork. One of her most noteworthy sculptures was commissioned for Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation, featuring the story of a Holocaust survivor. Notable exhibitions include representing the UK at Dubai Expo 2020; a solo exhibition at Singapore Art Museum (2017); and her artworks in the Kuala Lumpur Biennale (2018). Known for her signature metal text sculptures and drawings which give voice to unspoken stories, recent topics include engaging with anti-colonial practice; lost narratives and displaced cultures; and the impacts of climate change on minority groups. Select public sculptures are in Villiers Street (London), National University of Ireland (commissioned by European city of culture 2020), Colorado, USC Shoah Foundation (Los Angeles), Marina Bay (Singapore), Lim Chin Tsong Palace (Myanmar), and National Design Centre (Singapore). She has artwork in major collections including Ingram British Art, AstraZeneca corporate collection, National University of Ireland, University of Southern California. 
Education 

2001-2002 
University of the Arts London  

2003-2006 
Loughborough University 

Solo Shows 

2023 
Murmuration, sculpture unveiling, National University of Ireland 

Metamorphosis, public showcase, Liverpool Cathedral, UK   

2021 
See Things Differently, UK Pavilion, Dubai  

2020 
A Desire For Closeness, Presentation Arts Centre, Ireland  

2019 
The Opposite of Love is Indifference, Colorado, USA 

2018 

Remembering our Father’s Words, USC Shoah Foundation, USA  

Intersection, Myanm/ART Gallery, Myanmar  

2017 
Human Archive Project, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore  

The Flow of Time, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore  

Intersection, Intersections Gallery, Singapore 

Group Shows  

2024 
Art Miami, USA 

Art Palm Beach, USA 

Treasure House, UK 

2023 
Long-Sharp Gallery, USA   

 Wells Cathedral, UK  

Art Miami, USA  

2022 
Ingram Collection, Saatchi, UK 

Gallery of Modern Art, Ireland 

2021 
Rias Arc Museum of Art, Japan 

2020 
Lightbox Museum, UK 

Sovereign Art Prize, HK 

2019   
Lightbox Museum, UK  

Bangkok Art & Culture Centre 

2018  
Jewish Museum Berlin  

Gallery Representation 

Long-Sharp Gallery (USA /UK) 

Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork 

'Murmuration of Thoughts' and 'Brilliant Confusion' are drawings by international text-sculptor Nicola Anthony. Made in the artist’s signature drawing style using letters as 'pixels’. These artworks use an absence of coherent language to convey the inability to put something into words; the amorphous state that our thoughts can exist in before they crystallise. There is often a sense of overwhelm and misunderstanding through a cloud of disconnected letters in these drawings (a 2020 solo exhibition included a series called ‘Clouded Words’ which depicted people from isolated communities in Ireland) and at other times they convey a deep sense of meaning contained within, that we may not decipher at present. The depiction of murmurations of starlings started to form part of the artist’s lexicon after her research into isolated communities in 2019. Sketchbook drawings about migration incorporated the birds as an allegory for the many people across the world who have had to migrate from their homes and settle in a new village, city, land or community. In nature, the birds’ coordination is caused by thousands of individual movements and instinctive actions. This phenomenon is called emergent behaviour, where they appear choreographed but are in fact all acting independently. The parallels with how humans behave in a crowd or as part of a society began to be a deeper area of the artist’s research around belonging: From the outside each individual appears like they know where they fit in, which can make it incredibly hard for someone from outside the community to find their place. This motif has also been seen in the artist’s metal sculptures featuring starlings which have words for wings - the most recent murmuration of 150 birds has just been acquired by the art collection of Galway University, celebrating language and provoking curiosity in human connection in the foyer of the prestigious O’Donoghue Theatre. Over the years intricate prints and drawings in this style have also been created at a large, installational scale and can be found in art collections around the world. 

 

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