Nichola Rodgers

Artist Statement

 

I relish any opportunity to explore and navigate the rich history of our connections to the land we occupy and its lost fragments of information within the heteratopia's we create. By refusing to accept conventional boundaries within art and to translate this through my practice. Walter Benjamin wrote “For every image of the past that is not recognised by the present as one of its own concerns threatens to disappear irretrievably”. History and its fragments stand as memories within the human mind, it is only when we confront fragments that memory is awakened, and the future is created or effected, creating a surreal moment of connection with artwork, object and audience.

 

Influenced by artists such as Sarah Sze, Mona Hatoum, Anselm Keifer, Robert Rauschenberg and Mark Dion, I maintain a multi-disciplinary practice that explores the importance of context in relation to agency.  My research continues to present narratives about the fragility and interconnectivity of our landscapes. My fascination with environments; urban, rural, suburban or otherwise, stems from a desire to document or map our deeply interconnected ecologies and the agency or lack of agency one might have within these networks.  Currently looking at land, object, and  shadows through the memory as traces, I am investigating these dark spaces and forms as metaphors for material excess and its connection to us. These perceived ephemeral entities are used to create narratives about the Anthropocene.