Michelle Nikou is a sculptor who uses a wide range of materials including lead, bronze, resin and ceramics. Her work conveys universal themes with a candid, wry sense of humour and an unconventional aesthetic. Preferring manual techniques to a more industrial approach, Nikou uses traditional processes of metal casting in materials such as lead, bronze, tin and aluminium. Yet unlike the traditional pour/cut/polish method of much sculptural work, Nikou’s casting process is left evident along with much of the plaster.
Nikou characteristically draws on surrealism in a reflective and productive way to transform domestic and mundane items and materials into objects of humour and marvel. She inventively uses surrealist strategies and techniques such as chance, automatism, detritus, collage, psychological or sexual metaphor, deadpan wit, surprise and juxtaposition, as well as mingling high and low art sources and cultural references.
Join Adelaide based artist, Michelle Nikou for a free Artist Talk at the Gallery.
Michelle Nikou: a e i o u until 18 June.
Image: Michelle Nikou: a e i o u, installation view, Heide Museum of Modern Art, 2016. Photograph by Christian Capurro.