Claudia Nicholson (born Bogota, Colombia, lives and works in Sydney, New South Wales)
Claudia is a multidisciplinary artist working across ceramics, installation, video, performance and painting.
Her work explores issues around multiple identities, belonging and separation from homeland informed by her personal history as a Colombian-born Australian artist, adopted and raised in Sydney. Through her work, she looks for the potential to connect to her heritage by incorporating established modes of artisanal practices from Central and South America and cultural representations found in popular culture. Recently she has been making alfombras de aserrín, sawdust works made in various Central and South American countries, whose Spanish heritage speaks to the idea of complex points of origin, and whose ephemerality links to the unfixed nature of identity that the artist explores.
Recent exhibitions include The National, Carriageworks, Sydney, 2017; Me Time, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, 2017; Women Of Fairfield, C3West in partnership with PYT, STARRTS and MCA, Sydney, 2016; PASSING/ PARADES, Success Gallery, Fremantle, 2016; and The Decline of Western Civilization, Blackart Projects, Melbourne, 2016.
Claudia was the recipient of the Freedman Foundation Travelling Art Scholarship in 2015, in 2014 she undertook the 4A Centre For Contemporary Asian Art Beijing studio residency with Shen Shaomin, and was the 2016 Winner of the sculpture category, Fishers Ghost Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre. Claudia is currently an artist in residence at Carriageworks Clothing Store.