Artist-in-residence, Nicola Barsaleau, introduced the creative process of doing linocuts and oil paintings in a seminar on 27 March 2012. Having spent most of her childhood on the beautiful landscape of South Africa, Nicola produces artworks that often assimilate visuals of the environment such as mountains, springs, rivers and oceans, making a devotional attempt to do something to help the planet. “Geography is important for me as a person and an artist,” she said. At the end of the seminar, the audience had a chance to try printmaking under the guidance of Nicola.
In her linocut artwork “Perpetual Motion”, the north Atlantic dolphins, manatees, sea turtles and rays remind us to live our lives expansively and with deep humility. Apart from carving linocuts, Nicola also has deep interest in watercolour and oil painting. Her painting “Imperfection” portrays two red-bellied woodpeckers with their almost-perfect, mesmerizing black and white wing design. “Imperfection is a signature of our humanness. Yet the less we dwell on our benign imperfections, the more space we have for inner contemplation,” said Nicola.