Nicholas Folland

Australian, born 1970

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Nicholas Folland

Australian, born 1970

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In Nicholas Folland’s wry, elegant sculptures, installations, and performances, nature and culture collide, revealing the ultimate futility of humanity’s ongoing efforts to keep natural forces at bay through industry, science, and domestication. Objects and tools from home and laboratory recur throughout his work—balls of ice and crystals invade home furnishings, while cut crystal glassware and scientific instruments become landscapes and human anatomy. He explains: “Many of my works make somewhat fictitious reference to the narratives of early exploration because these stories describe the body at its most vulnerable to nature.” This is poignantly apparent in Raft (2005, 2009), a comfortable bathroom carved out from its usual setting and moored on a tilting wooden platform. Water overflows from the sink, toilet, and bathtub, threatening to capsize this strange domestic vessel, in which we are used to controlling its flow.

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Biography

In Nicholas Folland’s wry, elegant sculptures, installations, and performances, nature and culture collide, revealing the ultimate futility of humanity’s ongoing efforts to keep natural forces at bay through industry, science, and domestication. Objects and tools from home and laboratory recur throughout his work—balls of ice and crystals invade home furnishings, while cut crystal glassware and scientific instruments become landscapes and human anatomy. He explains: “Many of my works make somewhat fictitious reference to the narratives of early exploration because these stories describe the body at its most vulnerable to nature.” This is poignantly apparent in Raft (2005, 2009), a comfortable bathroom carved out from its usual setting and moored on a tilting wooden platform. Water overflows from the sink, toilet, and bathtub, threatening to capsize this strange domestic vessel, in which we are used to controlling its flow.

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