Approved: 22.02.2010

Nicol Dourala

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Approved: 22.02.2010

My art practice is a combination of found and/or processed materials, introducing new associations and compositions. I am an artist who often employs organic material and the context of location to make my art. As you will notice from the images supplied, my sculptures and installations are constructed from only a few elements emphasizing a need for simplicity, often amplified by the repetition within

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Biography

My art practice is a combination of found and/or processed materials, introducing new associations and compositions. I am an artist who often employs organic material and the context of location to make my art. As you will notice from the images supplied, my sculptures and installations are constructed from only a few elements emphasizing a need for simplicity, often amplified by the repetition within the work. I am intrigued by correlations between the single and whole; the whole being made out of equally responsible intertwined particles. As space plays an important role in the construction of consciousness I find myself drawn to the dynamics of it and the endless possibilities it has to offer. It is as much an exploration of memory and references, as of one's physical experience. My past installations and sculptural forms stimulated ones bodily awareness and relationship with ecology, history and culture. Earlier installations such as 'Queens, Princesses and Duchesses', displayed a room full of grey slate roof tiles suspended at just lower than head height. These tiles were collected and salvaged from the local area and represented an analogy of culture and nature battling to compress us as well keeping us safe and secure. Another installation, 'Sleep Tight', at the National Trust of Scotland property, Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire was inspired by my research visits to the castle and its grounds. The concept embraced my feelings and observations of the site in conjunction with historical and local research. With this artwork, I encouraged the audience to question the interpretations that are presented as truths and encouraged them to experience and query the history and culture of our past in the present. As I have often observed, I impose physical challenging labour to accompany the work, emphasized by the necessity of repetition obvious in the final artworks, thus bringing a balance between 'making and thinking' in the process. My aim is to assemble fragments of our world which would never otherwise be viewed in such a close relationship. I am very interested in the process of making and as seen in 'Hold, hold...release', the cement has undergone a violent process of suffocation before being released to reveal its smooth surface which still carries traces of its past. This carries for me, an array of conflicting references and emotions which I wish to investigate further. My artwork aims to reconcile ecologically loaded materials with our (guilty) consciousness and curiosity, consequently, fully encouraging us not only to experience and acknowledge our changing world but also to question it in today's context. I believe our constructed and natural environment reflects our nature as human beings and therefore, extracting fragments of it and creating new three dimensional compositions can lead to thought provoking realities.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2007 - MA Fine Art, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland 1996 - Photography in Europe, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, U.K. Solo exhibitions 2013 - 'Wirksworth Art Trail Festival', Private Garden, http://www.wirksworthfestival.co.uk/home/events/opening-trails-weekend 2001 - 'China-Tibet', Café Nikis 35, Thessaloniki, Greece 2000 - 'Nymfaion', 12th International Photography meeting PHOTOSYNKYRIA 2000, Thessaloniki, Greece 2000 - 'Nymfaion', Makrinitsa Piliou, Greece Group exhibitions 2013 - 'Outside, Inside', The Classroom Gallery, Nottingham 2011 - 'By Way of Small Actions', BHVU Gallery, London, http://www.bhvu.co.uk/# 2009 - Grampian Hospitals Art Trust Gallery, Grampian Hospitals, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Scotland 2009 - 'Trust', Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 2008 - ‘Aberdeen Artists’, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland 2008 - 'Post', Corse, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 2008 - 'Retard this…Miss', Corse, Aberdeenshire, Scotland 2008 - 'RSA Student Exhibition 2008', Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland 2001 - 2nd International Photography Festival, PHODAR Biennale, Pleven, Bulgaria Degree shows 2008 - Master's Degree Show, Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, Scotland Curated projects 2008 - Exhibition organised in support of a feminist conference 'Ending International Feminist Futures', Aberdeen University, Aberdeen, Scotland 2008 - Zine Magazine 'In/Out', “Ending International Feminist Futures", Aberdeen University, Aberdeen, Scotland 2002 - Various Photography exhibitions, Photography Center of Thessaloniki, Greece Residencies 2011 - 'By Way of Small Actions', BHVU Gallery, London, http://www.bhvu.co.uk/# 2001 - Photographed their community; 'village and its people', Makrinitsa Municipality, Pilio, Greece