Newrybar Merchants has welcomed Lily Johannah Nicholson‘s exhibition Wildflower as part of its rotating pop-up artist program, showing until Wednesday 6 March.

Nicholson is a print maker and painter who, nestled among the trees in a bush property by the sea in Southern New South Wales, uses paint mediums and mark making processes to create works that explore natural structures in their most minimal form. Wildflower is her latest body of works, and is an exploration of concepts based around life, death and everything before, during and after.

In this series, she references historically relevant colours and simplified floral forms as a means of understanding cycles of nature and our connections to landscape; particularly our presence in them during life and perceived absence in death. “Purples are historically used to represent mourning and loss,” said Nicholson. “I’ve used clay, moss, ochre and coral mixed with mauve, heliotrope and lilac to represent the cycles of nature and life.”

The series is a collection of six works made from mixed medium of acrylic, gouache, oil stick crayon, chalk pastel and pencil on canvas. “The titles have come from a combination of songs and conversations with loved ones. They form a tribute to my dear, wild – sometimes badly behaved – friend,” she said.

Since completing a Visual Arts Degree in 2013, Nicholson has exhibited throughout the country and her work has been featured across national design publications.

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