POST-COVID-19 ERA exhibition artist | Nick May

Independent & Image Art Space
Oct 12, 2020 4:06AM
Nick May
L’ Origine du monde, 2020
Independent & Image Art Space


Covid-19, like other recent pandemics and epidemics has arisen because of the increasing exploitation and degradation of the natural world and wildlife by an expanding human population. Unless we stop exploiting rare breeds, hunting for bush meat and treating animals as consumer units in agriculture - and address climate change, this epidemic will not be the last - or the most serious.

As the world remains paralyzed by Covid-19, we realize that everyone and everywhere is connected - and crucially, we (collectively and individually) have a chance to reassess our relationship with nature, food and the climate. This requires fundamental changes to pretty much all established behavior.

I am trying to readjust my life, my consumption and artistic production to take account of the issues we face. It is not just a question of content of the work, so for example I have eliminated oil painting as it generated too much toxic waste - as well as the cost and travel required for film and photographic projects. Even with watercolor, my chosen medium - it is necessary to eliminate heavy metals like cadmium which would otherwise get into a nearby watercourses. If this is sounding a bit worthy - there are also gains to be made from an aesthetic reset. I am exploring a sort of expressionist minimalism with watercolor, as I attempt to find a language capable of addressing the complexities of water, the environment, the Covid-19 epidemic - and the present.

Nick May
Eveything is connected, 2020
Independent & Image Art Space
Nick May
The Filter Bubble, 2020
Independent & Image Art Space

Nick May is an artist working in various media - currently concentrating on work on paper. He studied Sculpture at St. Martin's School of Art and Film Direction at The National Film & Television School.

Solo exhibitions include:

Till the Cows Come Home, Film and Photography by Nick May, Tullie House Art Gallery, Carlisle 2006;

FOODCHAIN, Film and Photography by Nick May, LIGHT HOUSE, Wolverhampton 2009 (Photography nominated for Prix Pictet);

FOODCHAIN, Film and Photography by Nick May, Usher Gallery, Lincoln (2011).

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