Michelle Nikou a e i o u

Michelle Nikou
23 April 28 August 2016
Heide Modern
Kendrah Morgan and Melissa Keys
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Adelaide-based artist Michelle Nikou draws on surrealism in a reflective and productive way to transform mundane domestic objects and materials into sculptures of humour, poignancy and marvel. In this exhibition of new and recent work she utilises surrealist strategies such as chance, psychological metaphor, deadpan wit and juxtaposition, and inventively mingles high and low art sources and cultural references. Her work intentionally blurs and extends the boundaries between fine art and craft and often invests unremarkable or overlooked facets of daily existence with new and unexpected significance.

Nikou’s practice is also characterised by a deep engagement with language and she forges connections between art and literature that invoke suburban life, family interactions and food. Seemingly disparate concepts and materials are regularly combined to produce unsettling and sometimes absurd effects, such as the fried eggs made in bronze that lend the exhibition its title, the flattened egg forms suggesting the vowels of the alphabet.

As a result of imaginative exploration Nikou has evolved a distinctive visual vocabulary and sophisticated practice with a strong conceptual basis in its play of poetics, aesthetics and forms. Her work is particularly apposite to the domestic context of Heide II, the modernist former residence of Heide founders John and Sunday Reed, in which the exhibition is presented.


Michelle Nikou: a e i o u
Art Guide Australia, 21 April 2016

Michelle Nikou's domestic themes find a home at Heide Museum of Modern Art
The Age, 27 April 2016

Michelle Nikou: a e i o u
Artlink Magazine, 6 June 2016


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