Artist Profile: Nicol Sanders-O’Shea

Nicol Sanders-O’Shea majored in printmaking
at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland,
completing a masters degree with first class honours in the mid-1990’s.

Nicol Sanders-O'Shea, with her screen printed diptych Exchanges
the Supreme winner at the WSA NZ Painting and Printmaking Award 2015

Since then she has continued her print practice, screen printing for over 20 years, 
and has been teaching printmaking at several tertiary institutions. 
She is currently the Programme Coordinator for the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic
 for the new Bachelor of Creative Industries programme and senior academic staff member.

Nicol Sanders-O'Shea, Home Cloud, 2014
Screenprint, mixed media, installation size 300x300cm

"My works are created with multiple screen-printed illustrations and found object stencils. 
I use the process of screen-printing to construct the work, 
built up in several layers to subvert or disrupt the implied meaning 
in my investigation of memory, fiction and interpretation. 
It is an attempt to create a visual record of my mixed recollection and observations, 
as child or parent, something I have witnessed past or present, reality or fiction.
My work supports and contradicts the reproductive nature of the printmaking process. 
These print works are not editioned; 
instead I play with repetitive and reproductive printed elements within each work".

Nicol Sanders-O'Shea, East of Eden, 2015
Screenprint on board
Merit Award, Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Awards 2016

Last year Nicol was the supreme winner of the WSA NZ Painting and Printmaking Award 2015 
for her screen printed diptych, Exchanges.
Also, her work East of Eden recently won a merit award 
in the Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Awards 2016.