Nic Palmer returns to Cubby Space 2-7 March 2020 after a successful first show in December 2019. Nic will showcase a brand new body of work that reflects the style established in her much-loved piece from the first show, “Loose Moose”, pictured below.

Important dates

Exhibition: 2nd – 8th March 2020, 10am-4pm or by appointment
Live painting: throughout the week
Opening night: Wednesday 4th, 5pm-7pm
Morning tea with the artist: Saturday 7th, 10am-12pm

“Bearing it all”, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, by Nic Palmer. 

Artist reflection on the Exhibition

Nic Palmer in front of Loose Moose at Cubby Space
Nic Palmer in front of Loose Moose at Cubby Space

I really enjoy being in a place of uncertainty when creating coloured abstract paintings. My process for creating these artworks emerged from a desire to draw on my kinaesthetic relationship with colour and music. I like to let music inform how I apply the paint and it’s usually the rhythm and beat that inspires how I lay it down. 

Body movement and dance help me engage more directly and intimately with the painting process and gain a stronger sense of present moment awareness. This awareness gives a sense of confidence and freedom, which is one of the reasons I love working this way. I also try to embrace different ways of dancing – the good, the bad, and the embarrassing! For me it’s about creating a new experience of painting that is more ambiguous compared to the more traditional ways I’ve worked before. 

“Meeting Point”, acrylic on canvas (140x170cm), 2020. Nic Palmer 

One of the other reasons I developed this painting technique (working with music and movement) was to support my mental and emotional health. I used to paint mainly as a way to escape or deal with pain, and it can still serve that purpose, but now I understand how it can also be a means for celebration, authentic and joyous self expression, and freedom. The final pieces in this exhibition represent this realisation. 

I use bright and vivid colours because I’m naturally to drawn them and they help convey the themes of celebration, joy and freedom. The figurative elements (animals or people) give the paintings depth and make them more accessible (emotionally and visually). I think they simply make the paintings more interesting too! 

Loose Moose by Nic Palmer
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