Notions of 'beauty' and 'sublimity' are conjured when encountering the photographic and video work of Nicole Welch. Though it could be instinctive in the twenty-first century to consign the exceptional picturesque appeal of these works to a mastery of digital manipulation, Welch does not depend on such techniques. Instead, the artist traverses through areas of bushland, locating incredible landscapes to create compositions using large-scale projectors, generators, spotlights and research-inspired objects.
Living and working in the city of Bathurst, the importance of regional Australia and the surrounding landscape are visually reflected in Nicole's works. Her elegant photographic images of the Australian landscape celebrate regional centres, as she inserts historical objects into her art that encourage a consideration of place and time. The inclusion of these objects draws attention to the role of history in our understanding of today, as well as the importance of contemporary interpretations of historical ideologies.
The inserted historical objects exist as documentations of what was. In contrast, Nicole's cinematic photographs capture a sense of place that relates to the present. These works serve as a contemporary account of particular landscapes that will one-day transition into historical records for future audiences, as both time and our relationship with our surroundings will inevitably alter and progress.
Developed through the Hill End Artist in Residence Program, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and time spent in Albury in 2015.