Nicki Heenan – England

Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire
John O’Donohue

Nicki Heenan’s practice as an artist is approached on two fronts one as a scientist questioning and searching whilst also using nature as the muse for stimulus and sensation.

Through this residency she is hoping to expand her work using raw minerals mixed with oil and wax to create paintings that somehow describe the effects of weathering and man’s intervention on the landscape around Maelor. She is particularly interested in exploring the remains of mining activities that are prevalent in this area. Hopefully she will meet a few local people who have a connection to these places and some stories to tell.

Structures such as decaying piers ravaged by storms have featured in her recent work. The abandonment of these structures that were once the height of engineering left to decay at the mercy of the elements are somewhat of a metaphor for our consumer society – of what we value today maybe discarded the next. In 2015, Nicki spent time drawing, painting and photographing Aberystwyth Pier. The resulting paintings included ground slate, graphite and iron oxide mixed into paint. Prior to this, she time in Ireland looking at Peat Bogs and the effects of cutting turf. The image above illustrate somes of this work.