Nikki Walkerden is an artist and filmmaker whose research informed works experimenting with the ‘meta’ of experience are a result of extending the state of mediums and technology. Her artistic inquiry involves writing, sculpting, drawing, directing, filming, sound recording and performing. In cinematic explorations, interruptions to the repetition of measured and mechanised experience move between the apparent and the actual. She is currently working on a super8 film series.
Completing a Master of Fine Arts at SCA, Nikki graduated from a Master of Film and Digital Image at SCA (2012), presented the solo site-specific performance 16mm film installation: ‘HOLE’, at SCA Galleries (2015) and her work ‘X’ (2012) was selected to represent Australia in the Over View Travelling International Festival of Video Art. Walkerden has also presented work at the Anthology Film Archives & Spectacle Theatre NYC, Underbelly Arts Festival, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Museum of Contemporary Art, Striking Contrasts (toured by Museums and Galleries NSW), Delmar Gallery, Annandale Galleries and international film showcases.
‘CINAMNESIA‘ (2012) in the exhibition Striking Contrasts curated by Geoffrey Weary in association with dLux MediaArts , Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney and toured by Museums & Galleries NSW.
“CINAMNESIA is a work that foregrounds the physical materiality of the 16mm film medium. The difference for Walkerden is to be found in a series of equivalences that occur throughout CINAMNESIA. The play between the bodies of two women being immersed in a tidal pool and wrapped in coils of nautical rope with archival footage of a female patient being anaesthetised for a spinal operation strikes a suggestive tone that defines the work.”
Curator – Striking Contrasts
Source: Striking Contrast brochure essay, dLux Media Arts
dLux Media Arts have been invited to represent Australia at the inaugural Over View Travelling International Festival of Video Art in 2014-15.
“Drawing from a fusion of Australian and European imagery, NICOLA WALKERDEN facilitates a fragmentary journey into the landscape as metaphor for mining the psyche. The ambiguity of the title of her exhibited work, X, denotes the unknown. The first person narrative of this work facilitates a personal journey through surreal spaces that are imbued with an eerie dissociative quality. Like a pounding heart, the beating drum soundtrack suggests this work is not only a physical journey through a montage of times but also a parallel journey through interiority; physical, psychological and architectural.”
Curator – Sydney/Australia, Over View Travelling International Festival of Video Art
Source: Over View website
BFA. BTeach. MFDI. MFA.
Master of Fine Arts (research), Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney (2015)
Master of Film and Digital Image, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney (2012)
Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary), Visual Arts, University of Technology Sydney (2009)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drawing, Painting, Performance, Sculpture, Installation, Digital Imaging, Photography, Ceramics), University of New South Wales Art & Design (2006)
2016 Kino Sydney, 107 Projects, Redfern
2015 Not A Feature Film, Knox Street Bar, Sydney
2015 Collective Club, SCA Galleries
2014 Striking Contrasts, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre
2010 Don’t Tell Nanna, Horus & Deloris Contemporary Art Space
2016 HOLE by Bryden Williams, Visual Bind, Issue 2
2014 Striking Contrasts by Geoffrey Weary
2014 A tale of two exhibitions: Striking Contrasts by Jake Evans
2010 Tripping over the pink glass swan by Annalice Creighton, das Superpaper #15