Shimmering sinking is built from a series of digital visual components that Nicolson habitually combines to create large scale screen prints. These ‘tiles’ are digital templates that correlate to ‘silk-screens’ in the artist’s studio. Nicolson uses these templates to mock up and test out compositions, with the digital works existing as virtual sketches or designs. The black and white lines are derived from photographs of rippled stripy fabric and allude to surface and depth. Shimmering Sinking attempts to playfully recall the atmosphere of Venice as a beautiful and sinister myth. Sun glistening on shifting waterways; Canaletto’s recurring motif of waves; the stink of flooded streets.
Fay Nicolson (b Derby 1984) holds an MA from the Royal College of Art (2011) and a BA from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London (2006). Nicolson recently collaborated with Candice Jacobs on Accidentally on Purpose, an exhibition, online project and series of soundtracks for QUAD, Derby; and exhibited in Sleeping Upright, an online project by Jacobs and exhibition at One Thoresby Street.
Recent solo shows include: A P E L, Almanac Projects, London, UK; P A R E, West Lane South, London, UK; WORK WITH MATERIAL, Kunstlerhaus Vienna, AT (all 2013); and Bad Signs, PLAZA PLAZA, London, UK (2012).
Recent selected group shows include: PALOURDE CUITES, Christopher Crescent, Brussels, BE; Mostyn Open 19, Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, UK; The Decorator and the Thief (…), NGCA/University of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK; Exquisite Collapse, Blip blip blip, Leeds, UK (all 2015); ACCORDION, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, UK; Before Breakfast we talked about the furthest possible point before it all disappeared, Tenderpixel, London; Outpost Members Open, Outpost Gallery, Norwich, UK (all 2014); Open Cube, White Cube, London, UK; Mind Rhymes, Hidde van Seggelen Gallery, London, UK (both 2013).
Fay has delivered talks and performances at: Lecture Performance, Overgaden, Copenhagen, DK; An artist – unlearning, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK (both 2013); Prospectus, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK; WE ARE THE TIME, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL (both 2012).