Curriculum Vitae


Artist's Profile

Nicola McClelland

Born, Australia

Nicola McClelland studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, and later completed a Masters of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne.

She has shown in various solo and group exhibitions in England and Australia. Nicola’s work is represented in the La Trobe University Art Collection. It is also held in various corporate and private collections in England, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, New Zealand and Australia.

She began as a printmaker and her practice has broadened to incorporate installation and site-specific works. She is drawn to ephemeral materials that evoke transience: water, salt, paper and steel wool. She also selects and alters materials through cutting and collage processes. Her choice and transformation of these materials often reflects the fragility and transience of the human condition. Themes of migration and the poetics of loss, absence and transformation are central to her work.

Prior to attending Central Saint Martins in London, Nicola studied Anthropology, Human Geography and Art History at the Australian National University. These subjects informed her experiences when she lived away from Australia in countries such as Niger, West Africa and India. Her own and her family’s history of migration and her work teaching refugee and migrant communities have greatly influenced her practice.

EDUCATION

2003

  • Master of Fine Art, The Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne

1996

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, England

1991

  • Foundation Course in Art and Design, Sir John Cass-City of London Polytechnic, London, England

1986

  • Diploma of Education, University of Sydney

1985

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree: Art History and Human Geography, Australian National University, Canberra