Under the Canopy Lookbook
This collection is available to view at Eaglesnest Gallery from August 5th - September 29th.
Pre purchase of any works is also available, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any enquiries.
Visit the website to purchase online here https://www.eaglesnestgallery.com.au/project/nic-everist/
We would like to acknowledge the Wathaurong people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the land that inspired this series, and of where this exhibition is being held, and pay our respect to Elders both past, present and future.
Under the Canopy
When traveling along the East Coast of Australia, Nic visited and hiked along many National Parks and rainforests and discovered the interconnected ecosystem that fuelled life there. How the vines wrapped around trees, how the roots were intertwined and reached far, how the debris from fallen plants and trees decomposed to fertilise the ground. Using nature as therapy, Nic often uses these explorations as an opportunity to delve into intrinsic stories that are laying dormant, discover lessons and define thought processes through the slowing down of being out in the natural world.
During these explorations, Nic was taken by how fragile the ecosystems were and how essential they were to maintain life, stirring up a comparison between these ecosystems in nature and the social ecosystems we live in. Specifically, how an interaction between two people can considerably impact on another’s outlook for that day, how a smile and a chat could go light years in improving someone's mood and perception, and how an angry outburst could do the opposite. How a comment to a friend could be shared or misconceived, how rumors can spread, true or not. How a hateful comment breeds hate, and how in this world of interconnectedness we are so entwined with the internet, and the speed of which we can interact and have information, this is so foriegn to the way of the Natural world.
Nature works with patience, with a circle of life that is slow and considerate, reliable but also adaptable. These pieces represent the lessons that nature teaches. The mindfulness, the being present, the beauty in the waiting, in being slow.
In this series, Nic applies techniques that have been used since the beginning of her practice, specifically fluid pouring to replicate the textures in nature, such as the bark, trees and shrubs. The unpredictable nature of pouring reflects the chaotic design of nature itself and each piece draws in the viewer to look a little closer at the details, to slow down and notice the fine marks created, and in turn, notice those fine details in their own environments. Learning the lesson provided by Mother Nature herself, of taking life slowly, being considerate, and noticing how our interactions with the world around us impacts others.