Nicola Coe is an artist who works with and within nature...
Her subject matter are the landscapes she comes into daily contact with and the souvenirs of nature she finds within them.
Using a combination of medium and process involving walking, eco- printing, natural dyes, paint and pastel and words...
" I am dedicated to the natural world...
This has become more apparent for me over the past few years, and along with my strong horticultural links, my work tries to highlight the details of nature that seems so often over looked in this modern age.
The collecting of natural finds is key to my visual work. the resulting images come about from the influences of the place where these objects are found , the colours around me at the time , the forms the memories evoke.
Feathers have always held a special pull, to be honest I am not sure why, perhaps a deep primal inheritance of collecting these beautiful gifts to adorn and decorate with still lies strongly within me?
Working in tune with the seasons is particularly important, and my subjects often change with those natural finds available at the time of year present ...
Some will remember my work as beginning within the confines of a polaroid camera, this has now changed to working with the most natural and enviromentally conscious mediums I can find or make, this has included seaweed dye, oak gall ink and eco printing.
This change in medium came about from a personal dilemma, where I felt that the chemical nature of polaroid was jarring with my subject matter, the rest of the way I live my life, the way I garden with the land and my deep love of nature and the fear of how much of our natural world we are losing...
I have now found a way to make art that felt authentic to those beliefs .
My garden is also very important to me, my studio sits right in the middle... I am surrounded by a landscape which I walk in regularly and forage for feathers, leaves , oak galls and inspiration..."
Along with her visual art Nicola also produces a range of wearable art... 'Foraged'.
These works are naturally dyed , recycled scarves ...
The dyes are made with botanical alchemy from and within the garden...
Nicola Coe lives in Suffolk.
She is married with two grown up children.
She lives with her Artist husband, two dogs, two cats and eight chickens.
Details of the garden can be found here www.fromagarden.com