Nicola Anthony is an international artist based in Singapore and working with local communities. In the past year Nicola has exhibited at London’s Royal College of Art, The Substation Gallery, Ikkan Art International, Victoria Theatre, National Library Building, NTU and The Arts House, as well as having been invited to create a 6 metre welcome sculpture for the entrance of an international art fair.
Around the world she has exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery Project Space (London), the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (USA), Shinjuku Creators Fiesta (Tokyo), & featured in shows around Southeast Asia, London & LA. Her artwork has received sponsorship from Tate Britain, & been exhibited in Tate Modern’s ‘No Soul for Sale’.
bamboo embroidery hoops, thread, mixed media
Starting at the point of ‘home’, the artist began a process of mapping words in an outward patchwork journey. The use of thread and woven circles in Nicola’s body of work often symbolizes the connection and disconnection between words, concepts, places or people.
Using a process borrowed from the creation of a mandala, Nicola began with one central dot. As the map widens, it becomes more abstract and meanders further from the start point: in some places becoming chaotic and indecipherable, even morphing into different languages (Tamil, Malay Bahasa and Mandarin), in others becoming more geometric in the tessellation of words.
Six Thousand Moments 2015
An artwork made of 6000 saga seeds and 6000 moments.
Each number relates to an entry in the archive of seed memories, a log of the moments in which each was collected. You are invited to pick up a seed to keep, thereby sharing those stories with the artist. The naturally red ovules are found in Southeast Asia where the artist is currently based, and traditionally symbolise remembrance, love, and connection over great distances.
There is an invisible sense of connection and disconnection between the seeds and the text, between each individual seed, as well as between the people who pick them up.
Nicola hand collected and wrote numbers onto over 10,000 documented seeds during her time in Singapore while away from her home in London.
You can research your seed number at nicolaanthony.co.uk/sagaseeds or by Tweeting @nicola_anthony with your #SeedNumber