I offer some snapshots of my practice as waypoint markers on my journey.
Site specificity is important in my work because it is my innate connection to the land that fuels the documentation of my journeys. This artistic visualisation of my multisensory observations as I wander through the country becomes the images you can view here and now.
By visualising my meanderings from multiple viewpoints both spatially and metaphorically, I explore concepts of connection to land and place, sustainability, ‘being’ and survival.
I am a Western Australian artist peregrinating and exploring in image, textiles and object.
Annette Nykiel PhD is a socially engaged bricoleuse, a maker, and a practice-led researcher, wondering about questions of the Country. She is interested in raising the awareness of the value and importance of relating to the materiality of non-urban spaces. These spaces include the regional places she experiences, noticing the ground between her feet and gleaning material and found objects for fibre and textile works while practicing in her field studio. Annette wanders between urban, regional and remote areas in a variety of roles as a geoscientist, arts worker, maker and workshop facilitator. She continues to develop her work through solo and group shows and collaborates with Jane Whelan and Sarah Robinson. She shares her skills as a maker in a variety of regional settings, most recently at the 2018 York Festival where she worked with textile artists on the Wara sculptures, learning a technique seen for the first time outside Asia and facilitating community workshops. For many years she has exhibited and offered curatorial support in a number of different spaces in WA and regional Australia and internationally. Her work is held in the John Curtin Gallery, Artspace Mackay and a number of private collections in Australia and overseas.
See http://garlandmag.com/article/nature-craft/ or http://waftatwentyoneplus.com.au/ for current online group exhibitions and catalogues in which some of my work is included, along with my first solo exhibition meeting place.
cobble stitched eyes for the Western Swamp Tortoise
Placemap 2017, Hand plied, plant dyed string,
and hand crafted ceramic beads. Photo Annette Nykiel.
The Pit (2018), Hand dyed re-purposed sample bags, 3.5m x 8.5m Photo Annette Nykiel.
The Camp (2018), Mixed media, 2.5m x 0.3m. Photo Annette Nykiel.