The First Cut – Nicola Dale

It’s always a treat to be introduced to work by an artist you don’t know and then to meet the artist.  Nicola Dale is the artist in question, we met during the installation of the First Cut and got along straight away.

Nicola has two pieces in the exhibition, ‘Down’, which is approximately 12,000 feathers, hand cut from OS maps.  No that isn’t a mistake there are 12,000 of them.  When they were in their box, there didn’t seem that many of them, but as she unpacked them, the full amount of became evident.  They look amazing as you can see below.

Nicola Dale – Down

Nicola Dale – Down

The second piece that Nicola has in the show is Sequel, which is hundreds (thousands?) of oak leaves cut from reference books attached to an Oak tree trunk.  This piece was commissioned for The First Cut, the leaves took her six weeks to attach to the tree trunk.  The piece considers the ways in which the organisation of knowledge is evolving from the rigid structure of books to the more organic growth of the internet.

The piece was installed in front of my birds, which worked really well.

Nicola Dale – Sequel 2012

Nicola Dale – Sequel 2012

Nicola Dale – Sequel 2012

You can see more of Nicola’s work on her website  and she has a blog as well.

  1. Ellen Vesters
    Ellen Vesters11-08-2012

    Indeed a lovely interaction with your work, reinforcing each other beautifully.

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