Trained in both traditional stained glass and Contemporary Architectural Glass Design Nicky Armstrong has developed a reputation as a fine art glass/ mixed media Applied Artist often incorporating textiles into pieces to touch on social and political observations. Intent on pushing boundaries, Nicky’s strengths lie in innovative manipulation of material combined with social comment.
Matriarchal Trapping is a body of work touching on the issues off class diversity. The works recognise and expresses personal experiences of living amid oppressed stereotypical working class woman, and the strong comradeship between social groups amongst these tight knit communities. The loss of industry within Victorian towns reflects in the ghostly remains of garments, carbon echoes industrial bi-product and speaks volumes of lifetimes spent serving the machine
“Even today I remember vividly the memories of an up bringing in a Northern working community and the personality traits of women whom I have known throughout my life are still with me. Women from industrial working communities whom have spent a lifetime working in the confinement of a factory. Remnants of tools and learnt tacit skills of times when women were not only slave to the industrial machine but also oppressed in the home.”
Matriarchal Trapping is a reflection of the past and a celebration of woman in the future.
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