Claudia Nicholson

Born 1987, Bogota.
Lives and works in Sydney.

As a Colombian-born artist adopted and raised in Sydney, Claudia Nicholson’s practice addresses issues of multiple identities, belonging and separation from homeland. She occupies an ambivalent position between Latina, Amerindian and Australian cultures, examining psychic and real connections to place through her multidisciplinary practice. Inherent in her work is a desire to connect to her heritage through the incorporation of established modes of artisanal practices with her own, specifically those practices local to Central and South America. The work she makes is a type of reverse erosion; an aggregation of symbols, experiences and cultural practices that highlights the role volition plays in the construction of a queer identity.

Claudia Nicholson is currently completing a Master of Fine Arts at UNSW Art + Design. She previously received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the College of Fine Arts at University of New South Wales in Sydney.

In 2014 Nicholson was invited to participate in the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art Beijing studio residency with Shen Shaomin, spending a month as a guest in Shaomin’s home and studio. This was her second time working with 4A having been the recipient of 4A’s Emerging Artist Award and mentorship in 2011.

In 2014 Nicholson was also artist in residence at Firstdraft Gallery, which facilitated the production of work developed in Colombia for her first solo exhibition ‘Ni Chichi Ni Limonada’. In 2015 she was awarded the Freedman Foundation Travelling Art Scholarship and travelled to Guatemala to research the sawdust carpets made for religious festivals and to investigate Cholo and Chicano culture in Los Angeles.

In 2016 she was part of safARI festival, was artist-in-residence at Casula Power House and produced work for MCA Art Bar and Dark Mofo festival at MONA. She recently worked on the project ‘Women of Fairfield’ commissioned by C3West, MCA, Power House Youth Theatre and STARTTS and was commissioned by Runway Australian Experimental Art to generate new digital work for issue #31 West. She was a 2016  finalist in the Glenfiddich Artist residency prize and recently won the sculpture category of the 2016 Fisher’s Ghost Award at Campbelltown Arts Centre.

Claudia Nicholson was selected to exhibit as part of the biennial event, The National: New Australian Art, and is currently showing new work as part of this project at Carriageworks in Sydney. She was also recently invited to take part in Carriageworks inaugural artist-in-residence program at The Clothing Store in Eveleigh.

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