Nicole Macdonald lives and works on Boon Wurrung Country and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country in Melbourne Australia.
Influenced by her travels, Nicole explores themes including nature, science, and everyday life, intertwined with an element of imagination. Striving to achieve the awe inspiring aspect of the sublime, she works across printmaking, drawing, and watercolour. Her work sits on a threshold between fear and beauty. Recent bodies of work have centred on an overwhelming feeling of revere when confronted with places and creatures that are seemingly out of reach. Including imagery of craggy mountain facades, rocky outcrops in the ocean depths, otherworldly deep sea creatures, she depicts through her work the fear, wonder and fragility of these natural environments.
Currently Nicole has been researching her personal history and cultural heritage, looking into the connections she has with place while exploring the landscapes and environments of Australia, Africa and Scotland.
Nicole graduated with Honours in Printmaking from RMIT University (2010) during which time she undertook an international cultural exchange to Glasgow School of Art (2008). Previously Nicole has worked at Arts Project Australia (2011-15), assisted established printmakers such as Angela Caverlieri (2010), and has been printed in numerous magazines. Nicole has exhibited widely throughout Victoria. Currently she is a studio artist at River Studios, supported by Creative Spaces and the City of Melbourne.