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Nicole O’Loughlin


Residency location: Maatsuyker Island, 2013/14

Artist statement

My work is reminiscent of a scientific survey of the island. On my daily walks I would collect small fragments of the flora and fauna to paint watercolour studies. My work provides a glimpse into the abundant life that is present on Maatsuyker and the poetic cycles of nature.

The concertina book is a direct study of the southern coastline of Tasmania, offering a unique perspective of what residents on Maatsuyker Island look back to across the Southern Ocean. I completed this drawing in two sittings from different parts of the island capturing the mountains and valleys that make up the South West World Heritage area of Tasmania.

Artist biography

Nicole O’Loughlin is a multidisciplinary artist based in Hobart, Tasmania. She graduated from the Hobart School of Art in 2009 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in printmaking. As part of her undergraduate degree she undertook a year’s study exchange at the Madrid School of Art at the Universidad de Complutense, Spain.  In 2015 she completed BFA Honours (First Class) at the Tasmanian College of the Arts in Printmaking. Nicole has exhibited both nationally and internationally.  Her work has been included in national art prizes.

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