My work comes from ideas of making, place and identity. The figures abstractly resemble torsos with customary paint applied loosely. These forms relate to family, friends, memories and the ideas of place and belonging within community and culture. Another strong line for the work is the present of the mark within the construction of the torsos you can see fingerprints, cracks and slip applied by hand.
(Yugambeh, Kuku Yalanji)
b. 2001, based on Wurundjeri Country
Nicholas Currie is a decedent of the Mulunjali Clan of the Yugambeh language group with connection to Kuku Yalanji Country. As an artist, Nicholas works in painting, performance and curatorial practices. Now, thanks to the Blak Design program, Nicholas adds ceramics to the ever-growing skill set. Themes of place, identity and history are presented in the work within a mixed Indigenous and Anglo young male perspective, with the hand ever-present on the work and the heart consistent within the work: for art is family, culture and story intertwined to express the unsaid.