Oil & gold leaf on board
200 x 400 mm (opened)
Alpha – This was the first in the altarpiece series. I wanted these works to be intimate, for them to house wee gems inside them and be tactile so the viewer might feel they are opening a present. The bee has been used throughout history as a symbol of hard work but also of community.
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Nicky Foreman’s work is often concerned with taking everyday mundane objects and resetting them, so they can be viewed as precious and beautiful. Her work can be viewed in two ways, as small icon-like pieces and as a work in its entirety. The difficulty in this is to create an innate sense of balance, wherein the viewer’s eye is not pulled in any one direction, but rather “floats” across the surface picking up different aspects.