Lorraine Heller-Nicholas is a cross-disciplinary artist who works with photography, drawing, painting, animation, artist books and textiles.
Storytelling is a vehicle for Heller-Nicholas to create affective responses, this is achieved by, incorporating a nostalgic, sometimes kitsch, approach. Time is a key concern to her within the context of narrative and the experience of an artwork. In this way her moving image practice often attempts to speak of a pivotal moment, while the still image elements in her practice often speak of a passage through time. The work is most often positioned in a contradictory realm that is informed on a very material level by the past and the present, but at the same time transcends both. Her more recent work has incorporated a focus on spatial relationships both within an image and in its presentation.
Heller-Nicholas has been exhibiting in Australia and internationally since 2001. Exhibitions include Beyond Boundaries, The University of Melbourne at the Auckland Art Fair (2018) ; Between You and Them: the Identity of Self, Object and Place, ACAF, Shanghai (2016) ; Merged, Amelia Gallery, Gulf Coast State College, Florida (2016) ; Love Triangle, Little Woods Gallery (2015) ; CoupleStalking, c3 Contemporary Artspace (2015). Heller-Nicholas has completed studio residencies in Vermont, USA (2019) ; Ólafsfjörður, Iceland (2015) ; Shanghai, China (2014); Taipei, Taiwan (2007) and Eltham, Australia (2013). She was a founding member of dotmov screen collective and Tape Projects (2004-2008).
Lorraine Heller-Nicholas acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung (Bunurong) Peoples of the Kulin Nation, Traditional Custodians of the land on which she lives, works and plays, paying respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.
SELECTION OF STILL & MOVING IMAGES