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Nicki Macrae
Easter-Ross, Highlands of Scotland
My work involves layering – concealing and revealing, enhancing and building, destroying and selectively supplementing. I adore colour and texture. I take an instinctive approach when working, using a wide range of media and found objects. I enjoy experimentation and see it as vital to my work. Acrylic paint (in all it's forms) has always been my primary medium. I value the immediacy of acrylics, they suit my fast style of working - and I also find them highly suitable for working en plein air, being in the wet and windy Highlands of Scotland. I have several key areas of interest – a love of the natural Scottish Highland landscape brought me to landscape painting, but a key theme in my work is heritage, the built environment and archaeology. I explore our relationship with these places as modern people, the layering of history through time, and the impression people leave on their environment. I enjoy notions of the passing of time, decay and weathering. In 2012 I exhibited a major body of work –'Ruin' – focused on exploring these ideas, and spent time as Artist in Residence at the Ness of Brodgar archaeological excavations, Orkney, furthering my work in this area. My abstract work takes joy in texture, reparative mark making, and expressive line-work. I enjoy exploring the relationship between intended and random mark-marking in the creative process. I often employ a mix of destructive and creative processes when working. Most recently I've been working with spray paints and techniques associated with Street Art, using them in conjunction with more traditional, vintage, perhaps 'twee' materials such as lace, buttons, sewing patterns, costume jewellery, doilies. I have work in private collections across the UK, Europe and in the USA, New Zealand and Canada.