The male identity as artist is fully installed (2021)

Acrylic, oil pastel, cotton thread & found embroidery on repurposed napery

57cm x 38cm (framed)


By remaking significant artworks from the canon of Western art history I aim to interrogate the fundamental and recurrent themes that formed a virile ideology. This re-telling is expressed through a non-traditional art practice that combines recycled and repurposed media, the waste of capitalism, to represent the renewal of outdated imagery and ideas associated with the Western art canon. Similarly, and in recognition of traditional female accomplishments, embroidery methods such as stitching, binding and wrapping are incongruously combined with materials like paint, oil stick and charcoal to create unexpected but cohesive works. This transcription process assists in identifying the formal qualities of historical artworks however, the allegory, symbolism and social meaning are my principal concern. The intersection of salvaged waste with paternalistic subject matter prompts further questions surrounding the relationship between capitalism and patriarchy.

Nic Fern

  • Lives and works in Sydney, Australia.

    Nic is currently studying a Master of Fine Arts at the National Art School. She was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in painting, from the National Art School in 2020 however, she has been exhibiting in solo and group shows nationally since 1998. Other education includes The Language of Landscape Masterclass in 2019 and Painting Masterclass in 2018, both at National Art School. In her graduation year, Nic was awarded the Mixed Media Award and the Harvey Galleries National Art School Exhibition Award (2020), she was a finalist in the Archibald Prize in 2000 and finalist in the Manly Arts Festival in 2017. Recent projects include Harvey Galleries Grad Show (2021), Threaded Charcoal, NAS Stairwell Gallery (2021), NAS Grad Show 2020, National Art School, NSW (2020); Untitled 23, Surry Hills, NSW (2020); Margaret Olley Drawing Exhibition, National Art School, NSW (2020); Middle Head Landscape Painting Exhibition, National Art School, NSW (2019); Margaret Olley Drawing Exhibition, National Art School, NSW (2019); Cabaret Exhibition, Manly Arts Festival, NSW (2018); When All Else Fails, Tamburlaine Winery, NSW (2018); AnonyMos Secret Art Project, Mosman, NSW (2017). 

    Nic has gained national exposure throughout her career with publications in the Sydney Morning Herald (2020), The Australian (2000), Australian House & Garden (1999), Real Living Magazine (1999) and was featured on Our House, Australian lifestyle television series in 1998.

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