Nigel Sense

CATERPILLARNESS

14 November — 10 December 2019
Opening: Thursday, 14 November, 5:00 — 7:00 pm

Fox Galleries is proud to present CATERPILLARNESS, a new body of work by Nigel Sense.

In the early 1990s Kurt Cobain famously said “I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.”

Fast forward 30 years and we’re facing the proliferation of individualism, social media, Facebook, Instagram, the pressure to embrace consumerism, and lead a perfectly pictured and curated life. It’s becoming more difficult to truly be ourselves. Wearing a mask is the new past time. Whether it be the one we put on to wear to work or the one we wear to argue on facebook. What if we were to strip away these masks and be ourselves. This body of work is an exploration to try and find out. The work intends to challenge the viewer to examine their own masks and to encourage them to take them off. I am not looking to provide the answers. When the mask is taken off then what? Is it even possible to function in society without it? Where do you draw the line?

When we wear a mask we are restricted to behave in a way that fits that character. It holds us back by limiting everything from how we act to what we say and wear. If we take off the mask we’re free of this restriction and can be whatever we want. As Ram Dass says: “Be Here Now”. “The caterpillar isn’t walking around saying: Man I’ll soon be a butterfly, because as long as he’s busy being a caterpillar he can’t be a butterfly. It’s only when caterpillarness is done that one starts to be a butterfly.”

EDUCATION

2005—2006
Bachelor of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW

2000-2002
Diploma Graphic Design and Printing, Ultimo TAFE, Sydney

1992-1994
Associate Diploma Fine Art, West Wollongong Technical College, Wollongong, NSW

AWARDS

2019 Finalist, Salon des Refuses
2018 Finalist, Salon des Refuses
2018 Finalist, Mosman Art Prize
2017 Finalist, Black Swan Art Prize, Western Australia Art Gallery, Perth
2017 Finalist, Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Regional Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2017 Finalist, Kilgour Prize, Newcastle Regional Gallery, Newcastle, NSW
2017 Finalist, Fisher Ghost Art Prize, Campbelltown Art Centre, Sydney

SELECTED RECENT EXHIBITIONS

2018
Workers & Wankers, Fox Galleries, Melbourne

2017
Summer  Show, Wagner Contemporary, Sydney, NSW
Black Swan Art Prize, Western Australia Art Gallery, Perth
Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Regional Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Kilgour Prize, Newcastle Regional Gallery, Newcastle, NSW
Fisher Ghost Art Prize, Campbelltown Art Centre, Sydney
Sense & Chavez, Fox Galleries, Melbourne
Untitled, Traffic Jam Gallery, Sydney
Art Is Lettuce (solo), Finders Street Gallery, Sydney

2016
Hi how are you? (solo), Penny Contemporary, Hobart
Nigel Sense, Blokes and Sheilas, Harvison Gallery, Perth, WA

Full CV