BLACK BOX PROJECT presents Nicole Welch's works Transformation: Journey (2018) and Transformation: Arrival (2018). To coincide with the opening of the exhibition 'Altered States' at Shoalhaven Regional Gallery with Nicole Welch and Tamara Dean.
Nicole Welch is a Bathurst-based media artist who continually produces stunning images of picturesque landscapes that have a loaded symbol implanted into each painstakingly-composed scene. In 2016 she completed a Masters of Fine Arts at UNSW Art & Design in the mediums of photography and video. As a feature artist at ArtState Bathurst 2018, Welch developed two new bodies of work, Transformation and Mementos. While the Memento series saw the introduction of infrared technology into her practice, Transformation is a continuation of her Self series. First started in 2012, the Self artworks are a documentation of Welch’s performative actions within the landscape. In Transformation, Welch records her journey through a rainforest creek bed towards a waterfall, a universal symbol of renewal and transformation.
'The exhibition will explore Australian identity and our changing relationship with our natural environment through landscape photographs which have been modified by the hand of the artist. By adjusting the expected vista, with the addition of foreign objects, figures or projections, the artists cause us to look twice at their works and question the land we inhabit and how we relate to it, now and throughout history.'