Balancing Act: Janie Nicoll
Plymouth School Of Creative Arts
Balancing Act” is a large scale site specific collage work made using everyday detritus, such as newspapers, magazines, flyers, and leaflets. Nicoll intentionally uses these materials, that are by default, physically ephemeral yet content-rich; that already attempt to tap into a collective psyche of the intended audience, and form a random ‘ready made’ narrative that mirrors various aspects of the cultural and political environment. The installation fills the allocated space, evolving into a slightly surreal tableau of clown-like pandas. This seemingly playful imagery hints at a darker undercurrent, when inspected more closely.