Nicola de Vries. 'The week I had lunch with my Dad every day', 2021. Gouache, acrylic paint, ‘Sharpie’ marker, inkjet print, fabric, sticker and graphite pencil on recycled cardboard. Dimensions: 124cm x 103cm. Image courtesy: the artist.

Artist statement

The week I had lunch with my Dad every day explores the fluid relationship between memory and the present, and memory’s existence as both a fragment and  total of an event. Referencing historical photos and my memories of a hospital stay I had as a child, strategies for narrative construction and visualisation are utilised through drawing,  painting and collage to create a large scale mixed media  work which accounts for the impressions formed through factual resources alongside those formed through memory.

Acknowledgement of Country

UNSW School of Art & Design stands on an important place of learning and exchange first occupied by the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples.

We acknowledge the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land that our students and staff share, create and operate on. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend this respect to all First Nations peoples across Australia. Sovereignty has never been ceded.