Close En­coun­ters

Arabella - - NEWS - Brett An­ning­son

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Is there some­thing about a place that brings out the artis­tic side of our en­deav­ours? One can al­most be­lieve this to be true of the Gulf Is­lands of Bri­tish Co­lum­bia – a place where so many beau­ti­ful visual mas­ter­pieces are made, not least of which are the sculp­tures by Ni­cola Prin­sen. "I live on Salt Spring Is­land," says Ni­cola, "sur­rounded by the ocean, amaz­ing wildlife and farms. I only need to walk out­side to be in­flu­enced by na­ture’s beauty. My sub­jects are never far away; sheep, chick­ens, seals, ot­ters, cows, rab­bits, crows, the list is end­less. My stu­dio fills the ground floor of an old dairy barn. Some of the milk­ing stan­chions are still in the stu­dio, the walls are cov­ered with barn planks, it is sturdy and rus­tic, warm and light, filled with clut­ter, filled with things from the past – it has ev­ery­thing I could ask for." The sculp­ture it­self comes from amus­ing – or fright­en­ing, de­pend­ing on your point of view – en­coun­ters with wildlife. Take for ex­am­ple, the win­ter that rats moved into the barn. In the morn­ing Ni­cola would dis­cover their lit­tle foot­prints all over the dusty shelves of her stu­dio. She tried lur­ing them out by bait­ing china cups and bowls with food, grad­u­ally try­ing to move them closer to the door. "At night you could hear them scur­ry­ing around

left and be­low, Ernest, bronze and epoxy resin, 16.5" above, Big & Lit­tle, bronze, Big 21", Lit­tle 4"

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