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  • WhenFebruary 19 to April 4, 2021
  • OpeningFebruary 18. 2021
  • CuratorTony Oates

Fabrications covers 30 years of the Sydney-based artist Nicole Ellis’ art-making. It surveys her rich and complex involvement with collage, assemblage and found materials. Fastidiously selected textiles comprise the “palettes” and provide tones and textures that she moulds into consistently beautiful, poised, luminous compositions.

“I enjoy incidental elements,” Ellis explains, “flaws, traces of human touch and gesture, and I seek out different assemblage techniques through experimentation and research. I enjoy the qualities of the worn, aged, broken, torn, the seeming casual, the imperfect, traces of paint and reversals.”

However, as critic Anna Johnson has observed, Ellis’s method of generating images is “riven with quiet reversals”:
“Post-objective and anti-descriptive, her work involves the cohesive life of the materials themselves, and the cleaving point where surfaces meet. Here is ‘painting’ that dwells in residue, damage and remains. The results cannot be abstracted from the process. They are the process.”

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications is curated by Tony Oates.

Top image: Nicole Ellis, Light Matter Yellow, 2018, fabric and acrylic paint
on canvas, 118.5 x 88 cm.

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Install Images

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications Light Matter Yellow, 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications Tolerance series, 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications Double-Check series, 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications Sawtooth series, 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications Light Ground Series, 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications Swatch Works series, 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications Swatch Works series, 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications Time-Lapse series, 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications Site Work # 5, 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications Site Work #6, 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications Light ground pink, 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications Erasure series, 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications Time-Lapse 8, 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications Confetti, 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications Old Linen series, 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications Light Matter series, 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

Nicole Ellis: Fabrications Light Matter series, 18 February - 11 April 2021. Photo: Rob Little

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