Nichola Rodgers

An artist and curator whose practice encompasses drawing, painting and sculpture, revolving around the concept of fluidity in life and humanity within landscapes, industries and ecologies.

Growing up in the Northwest of England and then living in the South East has played a significant role in shaping both my artwork and life experiences. This regional influence, combined with my formal training at Farnham and Glasgow for a Bachelor's and Master's degree in contemporary fine arts, has provided me with a diverse perspective. My work has been exhibited at various levels, and I am fortunate to have pieces included in several collections worldwide.

My artistic practice encompasses drawing, painting, and sculpture, revolving around the concept of fluidity in life and humanity within our landscapes, industries, and ecologies. I approach these subjects through the lens of the female gaze, seeking to convey visual autobiographies that articulate the interconnectedness of mind, body, and earth. Fragmented imagery, roots, memory, and objects form the basis of my exploration, aligning with the ephemeral nature of thoughts and imagination.

Additionally, I am a co-instigator of Haus A Rest, an online art zine dedicated to bringing together like-minded artists. Through this platform, we shine a light on both emerging and established creatives, including artists, writers, poets, and theorists we encounter on our journey.

Curation is another passion of mine, driven by the desire to expose artists to diverse audiences. I accomplish this through local and national exhibitions, as well as managing a miniature gallery. I have initiated numerous exhibitions in unconventional spaces, from small traveling galleries to pop-ups in disused buildings and commercial venues. These endeavors delve into the intersections of culture, industry, and the landscape, employing installations, paintings, photography, and objects.

My investigations explore ecological themes, and the concept of ruins, and employ unconventional painting approaches. At the core, I examine the relationship between nature and culture, focusing on the stereotypes of women within natural landscapes.

Throughout history, the landscape has evoked a range of emotions, from awe-inspiring to contemplative. Tracing its origins back to the Enlightenment era, where nature was believed to be controllable, and continuing into the 19th century with notions of its transcendental power, I challenge traditional landscape conventions. I refer to my approach as 'Post-Landscape,' suggesting a re-evaluation of our interactions with the landscape. By critically examining ideas surrounding eco-feminism, the gendering of nature, and the social implications of land control, I aim to shed light on the patriarchal use of language, which falsely establishes a sense of control over women while positioning men as the embodiment of culture and women as that of nature.

Through my artwork, I strive to evoke a reimagining of our relationship with the environment, offering a fresh perspective on the interplay between nature and culture while addressing the social dynamics that have shaped our perception of both.