Nicole Waddick is a multi-disciplinary artist. Her current paintings and sculptures are inspired by the landscapes of Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan that she visited during an artist residency at the Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics at Medalta in Medicine Hat, Alberta, in July 2011.
In the spring of 2012, Nicole had solo shows at the Cambridge Centre of the Arts and the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas. She was a member of UpTown Gallery in Waterloo Town Square from 2009 to 2012. She has been a member of the Waterloo Potters’ Workshop since 2011. She teaches painting at Waterloo Community Arts Centre in the Button Factory.
Nicole graduated with an Interdisciplinary BA from Carleton University. Her degree spanned the fields of Art History, Cultural Studies and Industrial Design. She studied painting and illustration at the Ontario College of Art and Design.
I am inspired by nature and by the unique properties of the medium I am working in.
I play with opposing visual elements. I contrast straight with curved; precise with loose; light with dark. The juxtaposition of opposing elements increases the strength of each element and the dramatic impact of the artwork.
I consider an artwork successful when all the parts contribute to the whole and there is nothing superfluous.
My current sculptures are inspired by the unique geological formations I visited in Alberta and Saskatchewan in July 2011. The Land Plant Amalgam series is based on the rolling grasslands of Southwestern Saskatchewan and the shapes of the spore bearing apothecia of the lichen that proliferates in the harsh conditions there. The River Worn Rock series is based on a deposit of slate on the banks of the Oldman River at the base of the Rockies that are eroded by the spring floods each year.
I begin my sculptures with a specific place or idea in mind, but as the work continues the sculpture evolves into a composition in its own right. The aim of the work shifts to making a sculpture that has balance and grace.
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